Switzerland Travel Guide

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See Also: Ski Switzerland

Switzerland is a country in Western Europe, sharing borders with Germany to the north, Austria and Liechtenstein to the east, Italy to the south, and France to the west. Switzerland (Swiss Confederation) is also known by its Latin name ‘Confoederatio Helvetica’ which accounts for the country abbreviation ‘CH.’ 


Switzerland is a wealthy country and also very rich in beautiful scenery, from the peaks and meadows of its spectacular mountain ranges to its crystal clear lakes, rivers, plateaus, lush valleys, waterfalls, and sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities.  


Switzerland is probably most famously known for the Swiss Alps and glaciers and glamorous ski resorts, as well as the Jura mountain range. The country has many beautiful lakes that are also hugely popular holiday destinations, such as Lake Maggiore, Lake Geneva, Lake Garda, Lake Como, and Lake Constance.  The Matterhorn is probably the most well-known and photographed mountain peak but it is not the highest in the country.


Switzerland is a member of the United Nations and the Schengen Area but not a member of the European Union or European Economic Area and the currency is the Swiss franc (not the euro).  Although the country is not a member of the EU, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid in Switzerland. 


The capital city is Bern but Zurichis the largest city. Other major cities include Geneva,
Lausanne, Lucerne, Basel and Lugano.  The official languages are German, French, Italian and Romansch. 


Switzerland is a land known for its traditional and charming wooden mountain chalets, alphorns, yodeling, lederhosen, expensive watches, fondue, delicious cheeses, chocolate and raclette.  It has all that and much more.  There is so much to see, do, and explore in the country that visitors have no excuse to be bored. 


Switzerland is a fantastic destination for lovers of outdoors sports, from skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing, and mountain biking, as well as sailing and every type of watersport on its lakes and rivers.

European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.




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