Discover Switzerland’s storybook villages, historic bridges, and emerald valleys, as we bring you the answers to frequently asked questions about how to plan a trip to Switzerland.
Breathtaking views of lakes and hanging glaciers, mouthwatering dishes, and epic adventure capture the diversity of the country. Spend time in contemporary art galleries and savor scrumptious cuisine as you admire how Switzerland infuses multicultural sophistication with Alpine tradition.
Here are some points to consider when planning your perfect Switzerland trip.
Switzerland is open to Americans, with no travel restrictions in place. American travelers simply need to have a valid passport. While entry into Switzerland is at the discretion of the Swiss border control, your Zicasso travel specialist will keep you updated on any changes between planning your trip and departure.
For more information on where you can travel and relevant restrictions, visit Where Americans Can Travel Right Now.
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The best time to visit Switzerland is between mid-May and the end of September, when the late spring, summer, and early fall temperatures present pleasantly warm days. January and February are great for winter sports such as snowshoeing and dog sledding. You can also glacier ski in San Moritz or summer ski in Zermatt.
Rains do start to fall from the end of May, cooling down those hot days, while September stands out as the most ideal month to visit Switzerland as temperatures are still warm and there is little if any rain.
The climate may vary across Switzerland due to the distinctive topography of the valleys, foothills, and famous alpine peaks. However, the country is a year-round destination with activities for everyone, no matter the season.
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Seven to 10 days is the ideal amount of time to see Switzerland and its highlights, as getting from site to site is a breeze.
A 10-day Switzerland trip allows you to travel at your own pace, while uncovering the best scenery and culture. Travelers with more time may choose longer stays, either in Switzerland or with a combination of neighboring countries such as Germany, Austria, or Italy.
From luxury watches and mouth-watering treats to incredible ski resorts, Switzerland is known for its craftsmanship, natural beauty, and cuisine.
Sample the work of some of the world’s master chocolatiers and enjoy a cheese and wine pairing as you sit beside lakes or in quaint village squares. Take a train through the Alps, a popular tourist attraction with commanding views.
The Red Cross was founded in Switzerland and is one of the most respected organizations in the world. Traditional Swiss housing, one of the best places for international banking, and the ever-handy Swiss Army Knife are a few other things for which the country is famous. Of course, its political neutrality also deserves a mention.
Arguably one of the most beautiful and pristine destinations in Europe, Switzerland seems fairytale-like at every turn. Rolling valleys, glistening lakes, and distinct architecture whisk you away to another time. Here are some of the most popular places in Switzerland:
The 5 Best Places to Visit in Switzerland celebrate its culture, beauty, and heritage. From sightseeing around Lake Geneva to enjoying the panoramic view from atop a mountain, find how each place can offer the right experience for your interests as you explore the country’s scenery and customs.
There are myriad things to do in Switzerland, indoors and out, and your Zicasso tour designer will create your unique trip according to your goals. The following list acts as a guideline:
This list offers some highlights of the best things to do in Switzerland, but you can learn more with our Top 6 Things to Do in Switzerland.
A topic of many a conversation, the well-known Matterhorn straddles the border between Switzerland and Italy. It is said to be one of the most beautiful mountains in the world and an Alpinist’s dream
The debate about which country this breathtaking landmark belongs to has been going on for years, with the Swiss proudly promoting the many activities one can enjoy there.
The name translates to “meadow peak” and its classic shape is recognizable the moment you set eyes on it. The village of Zermatt lies at the base, offering visitors a chance to experience cultural charm in front of a striking background.
Switzerland is most definitely a good place to enjoy food and wine.
Cheese and chocolate may be two of the first things that come to mind when thinking about its tasty delights, with many households incorporating both in daily dining.
Switzerland’s wine regions lie in the west and south of the country, with Vaud, Geneva, and Valais standing out as key wine-tasting destinations. Vineyards are set in beautiful landscapes with mountainous backdrops, ideal locales for sipping a chasselas or pinot noir.
Our Food & Wine Tour of France and Switzerland is a great example of how you can explore Swiss food and wine on a culinary adventure that combines the flavors of France.
Learn more: 6 Best Wine Regions in Switzerland
With so many amazing outdoor spaces to discover and enjoy, Switzerland is a good destination for families.
Travel to the station at Jungfraujoch to take in incredible views, enjoy skiing holidays at one of the many family-friendly resorts, and try your hand at making chocolate.
Castles are captivating and families can spend a day walking through hallways and around beautiful gardens learning about the history of this wonderful country. Our Private Family Tour of Switzerland reveals the country’s wonders for all ages.
Learn more: Top 6 Things to Do in Switzerland with Family
Switzerland is a wonderful destination for senior travelers as it offers wide-open spaces with breathtaking scenery and vibrant city centers offering a wealth of classic experiences.
Feel invigorated as you take to the Five Lakes Walk in Zermatt or take a stroll along the waterways in Zurich. Dine al fresco in hidden villages and quaint towns, and enjoy the classic architecture in those like Chur.
Discover the magic of Switzerland at your own pace, as your Zicasso travel specialist will create your private experience using inspiration from our Switzerland Tours for Seniors.
Learn more: 8 Best Places to Visit in Switzerland for Seniors
Switzerland rivals other countries when it comes to romance, so it is a good destination for couples.
Taking a funicular up and through Swiss mountain ranges is both exhilarating and tranquil, and offers panoramic views of the fairytale landscape. Dining with views across one of Switzerland’s pristine lakes is the ultimate in intimate experiences.
Stay in luxury hotels in the old towns of cities such as Zurich and Bern, and capture the soul of classic artists in museums and galleries. Romance is most definitely in the air throughout Switzerland, and our Switzerland Honeymoon Packages share inspiration for your vacation.
Learn more: 10 Most Romantic Places in Switzerland for Couples
Switzerland is the ultimate destination for hiking, with trails throughout the country connecting lakeside villages to breathtaking mountain peaks.
Hike the big three: Jungfrau, Eiger. and Mönch, and take to the trails in the Swiss National Park. Step into the footprints of pioneers when you hike the Gemmi Pass, remembering to stop and take in the view over Lake Daubensee.
Whether you are embarking on a day excursion or plan to spend time in the mountains, Switzerland will deliver drama and beauty.
Best Places for Hiking in Switzerland: Faulhornweg • Gemmi Pass • Aletsch Glacier Route • Via Alpina • Höhenweg Höhbalmen
The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Switzerland is Zurich International Airport (ZRH), with Geneva’s International Airport (GVA) coming in a close second.
These airports not only act as international hubs from which the majority of flights arrive or depart, they also serve as regional hubs through which many European flights will layover before continuing to their final destinations. The busiest airports in Switzerland are:
From cheese to chocolate to a classic charcuterie board, Swiss food is enticing in flavor and design, with serving sizes ensuring you won’t go hungry. Here is a list of some of our favorites:
Switzerland is very safe for travelers, especially in towns and villages. As with any large city, you should remain cognizant of your belongings as petty theft such as pickpocketing can occur, especially in train stations near the French border.
Outside large cities, you should be aware of weather conditions, especially when hiking or traversing the countryside. Weather changes can occur swiftly and may result in dangerous circumstances. You should also be aware of possible snowfall and harsh winds in December.
The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF).
Switzerland kept its monetary system after deciding not to become an EU member state. Cash is widely accepted and the use of major credit cards is available in restaurants and stores. ATMs are conveniently located in major cities and town squares.
German, French, Italian, and Romansh are the four main languages spoken in Switzerland.
English is heard throughout the country. However, depending on which region you are visiting, you may find locals switching from one language to another, with German and French the most common.
It is unlikely you will run into any language barriers outside small villages. In those instances, your guide will help you navigate any communication challenges.
You do not need a visa to enter Switzerland. A valid passport with at least one blank page is required and visitors can stay for up to 90 days.
Visitors must have up-to-date Covid-19 vaccinations or they will be denied entry into the country. There are no other required vaccines to enter Switzerland. For information on what is required, take a look at the CDC Switzerland Vaccination Information before you travel.
Our Switzerland Tours & Vacations are a collection of curated trips from which you can get a better idea of what your itinerary may look like.
You can select a sample trip that aligns with your ideal vacation, be it a family trip, honeymoon, adventure tour, or something else. These sample trips are often a stepping stone from which our travelers create unique itineraries.
When you are ready, you can complete a Trip Request to begin planning your vacation. We ask for more information on where you would like to go, how long you would like to spend in Switzerland, the size of your party, and traveler ages to help streamline your planning.
You can also provide additional ideas and set a travel budget, after which our Travel Care team will contact you to match you with a top Switzerland travel specialist. Our Switzerland travel specialists will use their expertise and understanding of your preferences to curate your dream vacation.
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From the Matterhorn to lush fields, strong cheeses to avant-garde galleries, our Switzerland Tours & Vacations has sample itineraries that can inspire any kind of traveler. These are suggestions to entice and inform you, a great starting place.
For more information on the variety of ways you can enjoy your trip, you can use our Switzerland Travel Guide as an outline for where to go, what to do, or to answer lingering questions you may have about the possibilities for your trip.