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How to Plan a Trip to Switzerland: Frequently Asked Questions

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Discover 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.

  1. When is the best time to visit Switzerland?
  2. How many days is enough to see Switzerland?
  3. What is Switzerland known for?
  4. What are the most popular places in Switzerland?
  5. What should I do on my trip to Switzerland?
  6. In which country is the Matterhorn?
  7. Is Switzerland a good place for food and wine?
  8. Is Switzerland a good destination for families?
  9. Is Switzerland a good destination for seniors?
  10. Is Switzerland suitable for couples or honeymooners?
  11. Is Switzerland good for hiking?
  12. Which airports in Switzerland should I be looking at?
  13. What food should I try in Switzerland?
  14. Is Switzerland safe for travel?
  15. What currency is used in Switzerland?
  16. What languages are spoken in Switzerland?
  17. What vaccinations do I require to enter Switzerland?
  18. How can Zicasso help me plan my trip to Switzerland?
  19. Where can I find recommended itineraries for my trip?

When is the best time to visit Switzerland?

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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How many days is enough to see Switzerland?

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 pace as you uncover 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.

What is Switzerland known for?

From luxury watches and mouthwatering 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.

What are the most popular places in Switzerland?

Arguably one of Europe's most beautiful and pristine destinations, Switzerland seems fairy-tale-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:

  • Zürich
  • Lucerne
  • Interlaken
  • Lake Geneva
  • Zermatt
  • Lausanne
  • Gstaad

The 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 can offer the right experience for your interests as you explore the country’s scenery and customs.

What should I do on my trip to Switzerland?

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:

  • Ski in the majestic Alps, with a plethora of resorts to choose from
  • Learn to make cheese in Gruyères
  • Explore the galleries of the Landesmuseum in Zürich, where the arc of Swiss history is recorded in prehistoric artifacts, clocks, and armor
  • Traverse the nearly six-mile trail from Grindelwald to Faulhorn’s observation deck for an exceptional view of the famous Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains.
  • Glimpse alpine ibexes and steep, rugged cliffs when hiking from Wildhaus to Säntis.
  • Visit the Lindt factory in Kilchberg and learn to become a master chocolatier
  • Zigzag through meadows and mountainscapes in view of small chalets around Saint-Luc on the Balcony Trail
  • Soar high over shimmering lakes and snowcapped peaks by paragliding from Interlaken
  • Step into local history on Lucerne’s 14th-century wooden bridge, decorated with more than 100 images of saints and historical figures.
  • Enjoy a day of wine tasting in Vaud

This list offers some highlights of the best things to do in Switzerland, but you can learn more with our top things to do in Switzerland.

In which country is the Matterhorn?

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.

Is Switzerland a good place for food and wine?

Switzerland is most definitely a good place to enjoy food and wine.

Cheese and chocolate may be 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 Chasselas or pinot noir.

Our food and 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: Best Wine Regions in Switzerland

Is Switzerland a good destination for families?

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 Things to Do in Switzerland with Family

Is Switzerland a good destination for seniors?

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 Zürich. 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: Best Places to Visit in Switzerland for Seniors

Is Switzerland suitable for couples or honeymooners?

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 exhilarating and tranquil, and offers panoramic views of the fairytale landscape. Dining with views across one of Switzerland’s pristine lakes is the ultimate intimate experience.

Stay in luxury hotels in the old towns of cities such as Zürich 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: Most Romantic Places in Switzerland for Couples

Is Switzerland good for hiking?

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

Which airports in Switzerland should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Switzerland is Zürich 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, but 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:

  • Zürich International Airport (ZRH), Zurich
  • Geneva International Airport (GVA), Geneva
  • Basel-Mulhouse Freiburg Airport (BSL), Basel

What food should I try in Switzerland?

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:

  • Fondue, pieces of bread are dipped into melted cheese
  • Rosti, grated and fried potatoes
  • Basel-style soup topped with grated Gruyere
  • Braised beef served with polenta
  • Tartiflette, a dish comprising potatoes, caramelized onions, and bits of smoky bacon
  • Leckerli biscuits

Is Switzerland safe for travel?

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.

What currency is used in Switzerland?

The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF).

Switzerland kept its monetary system after not becoming an EU member state. Cash is widely used and major credit cards are accepted in restaurants and stores. ATMs are conveniently located in major cities and town squares.

What languages are spoken in Switzerland?

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 challenges.

What vaccinations do I require to enter Switzerland?

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 necessary, take a look at the CDC Switzerland vaccination information before you travel.

How can Zicasso help me plan my trip to Switzerland?

Our Switzerland tours and 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 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 travel specialists will use their expertise and understanding of your preferences to curate your dream vacation.

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Where can I find recommended itineraries for my trip?

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland

From the Matterhorn to lush fields, strong cheeses to avant-garde galleries, our Switzerland tours and vacations has sample itineraries that can inspire any kind of traveler. These are suggestions to entice and inform you, a great starting point.

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.

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