Switzerland is located at the centre of Europe and is a country of great versatility: historic towns, Mediterranean coastal landscapes, alpine mountain regions, business hubs and four different languages.

Are you looking for a city break combined with the countryside? A break with bathing, hiking and good accommodation? Christmas shopping and fun on the pistes? Or culture and culinary delights? All of these are possible in Switzerland! It is a country of great diversity.

The cities are best explored on foot – meandering through the old towns of Bern or Zurich is a wonderful experience. Basel has an impressive art scene, Lucerne's Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) is just crying out to be crossed, and the Olympic city of Lausanne is great for exploring at any time.

The Swiss mountains are simply breath-taking. There are few other places with such accessible mountains that can also be admired from a distance. All of the Swiss mountains are wonders to explore – the Piz Beverin in the canton of Graubünden, the Matterhorn – Switzerland's landmark – in sun-blessed Valais, the Rigi in central Switzerland or the unique trio comprising the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau in the Bernese Alps, to name but a few. Alternatively, why not visit the Swiss sun trap, Ticino, and enjoy its southern Swiss flair?

Although Switzerland is landlocked, this is soon forgotten due to all the magnificent lakes. Summer is wonderful for swimming throughout the country.

Another advantage of Switzerland is that it can be easily explored using public transport. As you travel by bus or train through towns, fields and forests, the beautiful scenery is definitely something to be enjoyed – superb and unique!

The diversity of Switzerland is also reflected in its people. Switzerland is multi-cultural, multi-lingual, tolerant and open. And once you have visited this small country, one thing is certain. You are bound to want to stay a little longer. And yes, there really is much more to Switzerland than just chocolate, clocks, cheese and pocket knives. It is an absolute haven for travellers!

For more information, please visit: MySwitzerland.com

City Facts

  • Location

    Land-locked country in Europe

  • Population

    8.039 million

  • Size

    41,285 km²

  • Public transport

    Switzerland has an excellent train and bus network. Some cities also have trams. Further information can be found at MySwitzerland.com

  • Climate

    Mild climate with moderate hot spells, cold spells and humidity.

  • Best time to visit

    Any time of year. Many tourists visit between May and September. However, Switzerland is also great for a winter break in the snow.

  • Good to know

    The currency here is the Swiss franc, as opposed to the euro of other European countries.

  • Nice to know

    Four languages are spoken in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Romansh are the national languages, alongside a multitude of different dialects.

  • Airport

    Airports in Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Lugano. The largest airport is in Zurich.

  • Bus

    Bus connections provided by the PostAuto Schweiz AG get you everywhere.

  • Railway

    The Swiss railway, the Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, SBB, covers the whole country with first-class services to get you from A to B.

  • Taxi

    There is no shortage of taxi stands. However, travelling by taxi is expensive in Switzerland.