SWITZERLAND DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, you’ll connect to the real Switzerland in a way like no other. Consume smooth milk chocolate in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Ride a horse and carriage through alpine forests, and spend hours adrift on idyllic lakes. These are just some of the moments we will share with you in the breathtaking country of Switzerland. Here you will connect with the heart and history of the country on its oldest mountain railway, have an encounter with Charlie Chaplin in his final home and take a trip to the 15th-century vineyards of Cave Champ de Clos. This country is a blend of everything that is wonderful about Europe, drawing fragments of influence from its borders with France, Germany, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein. Between the contemporary museums we visit and the secluded towns we admire, you will appreciate the cultural heritage behind a cheese fondue. Perhaps more than once. The wealthy country of Switzerland will leave you belly-full and emotionally rich, hooked on life in the Alps. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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"Switzerland is a country that has to be seen to be believed and it's always a special moment to watch our guests lay eyes on the Swiss Alps for the first time."

Travel Director
Switzerland at a glance
Sample smooth milk chocolate in the Swiss Alps, sail on idyllic lakes, ride horses through alpine forests, see Charlie Chaplin's final home and explore 15th-century vineyards - these are just some of the moments your expert Trafalgar Travel Director will share with you in the breathtaking country of Switzerland.
Currency
Swiss franc
Winter avg
2°C
Summer avg
20°C
Time Zone
GMT+2
Capital City
Bern
Language
French, German, Italian
Good morning
Bonjour
Good evening
Bonsoir

What to pack for Switzerland

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Layers

Even in summer, layers are vital in Switzerland. Temperatures differ throughout through the country and can get particularly crisp in the higher mountains.

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A good quality camera

In a place known for pinch me moments, it would be remiss to forget something more than just a smartphone to capture them all.

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Swiss Francs

Switzerland may be at the core of Europe, but this country abandoned the Euro many years ago. Though you can still use them in some larger establishments, but it's better to arm yourself with plenty of Francs so you're never caught short.

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A phrasebook

A phrasebook with the national languages of German, French and Italian is essential on a tour of Switzerland. If you really can’t spare the space, download them to your Google Translate app offline.

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Walking shoes

If your trip is likely to see you traversing the dynamic landscapes of Switzerland, a pair of sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots should be on the packing list.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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