Below you’ll find all the articles on Switzerland that I’ve written so far.
SWITZERLAND TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Swiss Francs (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 90 days in Switzerland/the Schengen area, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all that cheese you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you leave the Schengen area.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | Depending on which part of Switzerland you’re in, you can count on hearing French, German, and Italian being spoken. Swiss is not a language.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | Going off personal experience alone, I have felt safe every time I’ve visited Switzerland and have never witnessed anything to make me feel otherwise (not including all the times I thought I was going to fall off a mountain).
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Switzerland safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN SWITZERLAND
Regardless of where in Switzerland you’ll be visiting, there will be hotels and hostels ready and willing to put you up. I’m more of a hotel-stayer personally but those Alpine hostels are pretty damn charming too.
For booking accommodation in Switzerland, I recommend reading hotel reviews on Tripadvisor, then booking your room through Booking.com (my favorite booking site).
And don’t forget, there’s always Airbnb and I can help you save $40 on your first Airbnb stay.
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RECOMMENDED SWITZERLAND TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers multi-day tours of Switzerland that hit all the hot (and cold) spots and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Switzerland travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in Switzerland, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for urban sightseeing, day trips around the country, outdoor adventures, mountain exploration, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
SWITZERLAND PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ SWITZERLAND GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Switzerland is simply gorgeous! Consider them your portable Switzerland travel guide.
Rough Guides and Rick Steves are my favorite go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well. And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Switzerland. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.