When they were dishing out natural beauty, Switzerland was right at the front of the queue. This is a country that's home to some of the world's most idyllic lakes and iconic mountains like Lake Geneva, the Eiger and the Matterhorn. The cities aren’t too shabby either with the likes of Bern and the medieval old town of Basel holding up against the very best of European architecture.

Throw in world class events like the Montreux Jazz festival, and the famously chic shopping in Zürich and Geneva, and you’ll realize there's a lot more to Switzerland than cuckoo clocks, yodelling and chocolate.


Language: German, French, Italian & Romansh
Currency: Swiss franc
Electricity: 230v
Visas: Click here to see if you need a visa to enter Switzerland.
Dialling Code: +41
Time Zone: (GMT+01:00)


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What To Pack?

Hiking boots - It'd be a shame to ruin a good mountain hike with aching feet. If your boots are already nicely broken in, so much the better.

Sunscreen - Switzerland's lofty altitudes mean plenty of UV exposure. Take care not to get burned!

Swiss francs - Unlike almost all of its neighbours, Switzerland isn't part of the European Union hence it doesn't use the Euro. Swiss francs are the order of the day here.

An adapter plug - Switzerland uses its own 3-pin plug, but fear not! A European standard 2-pin adapter will do just fine here.

A camelbak - It's easy to become dehydrated when hiking the mountain trails. Make sure you drink plenty of water.

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