HOW SAFE IS SWITZERLAND


Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world. A tourist should have absolutely no worries touring here. English is spoken extensively. In fact – the large number of Indian tourists have led to a few Swiss – especially near the peaks of Jungfrau and Titlis to welcome Indian visitors with a “Namaste” as well as a few other pleasantries in Hindi. 

HOW WE RATE SWITZERLAND


What to expect: Nature at its best. Snow capped mountain peaks, crystal clear water lakes, meadows with cows grazing. Picture perfect! One can also do adventure sports in Interlaken. 


ParameterRating (On 5)
Travel Infrastructure5.0
Tourist Friendliness5.0
English Spoken5.0
Money's worth4.0

THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SWITZERLAND


No. of daysDestinations
Minimum 5-6Interlaken, Grindelwald, Wengen, Murren and Spiez with excursion to Jungfraujoch.  Include Lucerne and Engelberg with excursion to Mount Titlis

Switzerland Off the Beaten Track

No. of daysDestinations
7 - 8 Add Zermatt - charming little village and excursion to Matterhorn
10 - 12 Add towns surrounding Lake Geneva - Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey
13 - 15 Add Rhine Falls, Zurich - for its cruises and shopping and Lake Constance
15 - 17Add Lugano for miniature Switzerland and Italian influence
18 - 20Add Davos, St. Moritz and Bellinzona
21 - 23

Add Berne and Basel - both beautiful cities and optional excursion to Glacier 3000

ABOUT SWITZERLAND


Ever since Yash Chopra, legendary Indian filmmaker made this country famous, it has been at the top of the wish list for any Indian. Most parts of Switzerland are picture postcard perfect. Little quaint towns, mountains, meadows, lakes, shopping, excellent public transportation - even if you are not a nature lover, you'd become one! However, for a more discerning traveler Switzerland has a further allure. Switzerland does not have its own language. The northern and eastern part of the country speaks German, the western speaks French and the southern speaks Italian. 

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ORIENTATION TO SWITZERLAND
Switzerland has two major cities - Zurich in the heart of German speaking north and Geneva in the French speaking west. Most travellers are likely to fly in to either Zurich or Geneva making them the gateway to Switzerland. The Swiss air runs direct flights to Zurich from Mumbai and Delhi both. All airports are well connected with the Swiss rail ensuring that you can directly head into the Swiss hinterland. Head south from Zurich and with a transfer in Lucerne arrive in Interlaken passing by beautiful little towns, none more so than Spiez on the Lake Thun. 

Interlaken as the name suggests - in between two lakes  - Lake Thun and Lake Brienz is right in the centre of Switzerland and possibly the perfect place to base oneself if you do not plan to shift hotels. Jungfraujoch - the highest peak in the Alps can be accessed from Interlaken - right in the middle of the country which is also a haven for adventure sports. Accessed through trains cutting through mountains and offering panoramic views from the highest point in the Alps (almost 3400 metres high), a trip to Jungfraujoch is not to be missed! If you wish to do Mount Titlis or Mount Pilatus, base yourself in Lucerne, only an hour south of Zurich. For the Rhine Falls, head north to Winterthur, less than an hour from Zurich. Want to do something off the Beaten Path - base yourself at Grindelwald instead of Interlaken for a nature experience you may remember forever. 

Geneva is a bustling metropolis and a gateway to the French speaking Switzerland. ​​The towns adjoining Lake Geneva in the west - Lausanne and Montreaux are an absolute pleasure again for nature tourism. For an off the Beaten Path experience, we would recommend the Chateux de Chillon (a medieval fortress on the shores of Lake Geneva) in Montreaux or the little town of Vevey just a little south. 

Head south and Zermatt is not to be missed. A completely pedestrianised village and the gateway to the Matterhorn, we rate Zermatt as the best place in Switzerland. Head to the east and you have the enchanting Lake Constance - where borders of three countries - Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet. Mountain peaks are interspersed throughout the country. In Switzerland you cannot really put a foot wrong!

Switzerland Travel guide

  1. ABOUT Switzerland
  2. orientation to switzerland
  3. how to travel in switzerland
  4. switzerland on a budget
  5. how safe is switzerland
  6. how we rate switzerland
  7. switzerland in two weeks
  8. switzerland off the beaten track


Europe off the Beaten Path!!

HOW TO TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND


Switzerland is a relatively small country. With the super efficient Swiss rail system, any corner of Switzerland can be accessed in a few hours. Hence one can pretty much base himself anywhere and day trips become reality. Use the Swiss Pass (available in 4, 8, 15, 22 day versions) efficiently and travel and experience in Switzerland is excellent!

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SWITZERLAND ON A BUDGET:

Switzerland however, is one of the most expensive places in Europe. Even good 3 star hotels are difficult to find for below Euro 100 per night for two. Expect nothing less than Euro 130 per night for two in Zermatt or Davor or St. Moritz pretty much in any season. Zurich is where hotels are available for cheaper. Food remains costly across and more so in the tourist hubs of Interlaken and Lucerne. A large margherita pizza in Switzerland can sometimes cost double of that in Germany. The best way to rationalize on tour costs in Switzerland is to rent an apartment for a week and use the Swiss Pass extensively.

Food is also expensive in Switzerland. One tip is to use the local departmental stores - Coop and Migros well. These stores have everything  - from groceries to chocolates and even slices of pizzas can be bought here, heated in the microwave and eaten. They are omni-present across Switzerland. 

A budget conscious traveler may avoid the Chocolate Train and the Glacier Express. While this is debatable, these are good routes but not value for money. 

HOW TO TRAVEL IN SWITZERLAND

Switzerland is a relatively small country. With the super efficient Swiss rail system, any corner of Switzerland can be accessed in a few hours. Hence one can pretty much base himself anywhere and day trips become reality. Use the Swiss Pass (available in 4, 8, 15, 22 day versions) efficiently and travel and experience in Switzerland is excellent!

​​

SWITZERLAND ON A BUDGET:

Switzerland however, is one of the most expensive places in Europe. Even good 3 star hotels are difficult to find for below Euro 100 per night for two. Expect nothing less than Euro 130 per night for two in Zermatt or Davor or St. Moritz pretty much in any season. Zurich is where hotels are available for cheaper. Food remains costly across and more so in the tourist hubs of Interlaken and Lucerne. A large margherita pizza in Switzerland can sometimes cost double of that in Germany. The best way to rationalize on tour costs in Switzerland is to rent an apartment for a week and use the Swiss Pass extensively.

Food is also expensive in Switzerland. One tip is to use the local departmental stores - Coop and Migros well. These stores have everything  - from groceries to chocolates and even slices of pizzas can be bought here, heated in the microwave and eaten. They are omni-present across Switzerland. 

A budget conscious traveler may avoid the Chocolate Train and the Glacier Express. While this is debatable, these are good routes but not value for money. 


HOW SAFE IS SWITZERLAND: 

Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world. A tourist should have absolutely no worries touring here. English is spoken extensively. In fact – the large number of Indian tourists have led to a few Swiss – especially near the peaks of Jungfrau and Titlis to welcome Indian visitors with a “Namaste” as well as a few other pleasantries in Hindi.