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Switzerland

Tourist Information

In Switzerland, the main Swiss Tourist Board details are:

There are Tourist Information Offices in most resorts.

Travel to Switzerland

You can travel to Switzerland by Air, Road (Coach or Car) or Train.

Travel operators to Switzerland include: Inghams, Thomson,

Walking Holidays include: HF Holidays, Ramblers.

Swiss Kantons

These are the Swiss Kantons:

Kanton Zürich / Zurich

ZH

Kanton Schaffhausen

SH

Kanton Bern / Berne

BE

Kanton Appenzell Ausserrhoden /
Outer-Rhodes

AR

Kanton Luzern / Lucerne

LU

Kanton Appenzell Innerrhoden /
Inner-Rhodes

AI

Kanton Uri

UR

Kanton St. Gallen

SG

Kanton Schwyz

SZ

Kanton Graubünden

GR

Kanton Obwalden (Unterwalden)

OW

Kanton Aargau / Argovia

AG

Kanton Nidwalden (Unterwalden)

NW

Kanton Thurgau / Thurgovia

TG

Kanton Glarus

GL

Kanton Tessin / Ticino

TI

Kanton Zug

ZG

Kanton Waadt / Vaud

VD

Kanton Freiburg / Fribourg

FR

Kanton Wallis / Valais

VS

Kanton Solothurn

SO

Kanton Neuenburg / Neuchâtel

NE

Kanton Basel-Stadt / Town (Basel)

BS

Kanton Genf / Geneva

GE

Kanton Basel-Land / Country (Basel)

BL

Kanton Jura

JU

Airports (Flughafen)

There are several airports serving Switzerland:

Airport

Code

Airport

Code

Zürich Kloten

ZRH

Sion

SIR

Genf Cointrin

GVA

St. Gallen Altenrhein

ACH

Bern Belp

BRN

Lugano

LUG

Basel Mulhouse (EuroAirport)

MLH

Samedan

SMV

Rail Stations

The main train network is run by Swiss Federal Railways (SBB). For train and bus timetables click here, SBB (English).

Buses

There are lots of bus companies in Switzerland. They co-operate to provide bus services which integrate with the trains. For Postbus timetables and other information, click here (English).

Cable Cars / Chair Lifts

Most resorts have one or more cable cars or chair lifts. They normally do not operate in Spring (April - early June) or Autumn (Mid September - October). See Resorts for details.

Walking / Hiking in Switzerland

The walking / hiking in Switzerland varies from short walks round lakes to strenuous hikes above 2000m staying in mountain huts. See Resorts for details.

Maps of Switzerland

A good map of Switzerland is useful for finding you way round on the trains, buses or roads.

For walking / hiking maps there are several map companies that make suitable maps:

They offer maps with scales of 1:25000 to 1:60000 depending on the resorts and surrounding areas.

Some maps have co-ordination systems marked (Long & Lat; UTM) or include booklets with GPS information.

For use with a PC / GPS receiver, Digital Maps allow you to plan your walks on your PC  and upload the track to your GPS receiver. You can also download track from your GPS receiver and view them in 3D on your PC.

See Resorts for details of maps suitable for the resort.

Switzerland Public Holidays

These are the main public holidays in Switzerland. Some may be regional days.

Holiday

 

New Year's Day - Neujahr

1 January

St. Berchtold’s Day - Berchtoldstag

2 January

Epiphany - Heilige drei Könige

6 January

St. Joseph - St. Josef

19 March

Easter Friday - Karfreitag

varies

Easter Day - Ostersonntag

varies

Easter Monday - Ostermontag

varies

Labour - May Day - Tag der Arbeit

1 May

Ascension Day - Christi Himmelfahrt

varies

Whit Sunday - Pfingstsonntag

varies

Whit Monday - Pfingstmontag

varies

Corpus Christi Day - Fronleichnam

varies

National Day - Nationalfeiertag Schweiz

1 August

Assumption Day - Mariä Himmelfahrt

15 August

All Saints' Day - Allerheiligen

1 November

Immaculate Conception - Mariä Empfängis

8 December

Christmas Day - Weihnachten

25 December

St. Stephen's Day - Stephanstag

26 December

Emergencies Phone Numbers

The official Swiss emergency numbers are:

The Europe wide emergency number is 112.

Shops

In general, shops are open Monday - Friday 09:00 to 18:00. Food shops and supermarkets stay open on some weekdays until 19:30 and Saturdays until 17:00. In tourist areas some shops may also open in the evenings and Sundays.

Electricity

Two pin continental plugs are needed on electrical items. Following “European Voltage Harmonisation” in 1995, the nominal voltage is 230 volts at 50 Hz. (It used to 220 V but products marked 220V, 230V or 240V should work correctly). You may need a travel connector adapter.

If you have any 110V items that cannot be set to 230V, you will need a travel voltage converter.

Bike Hire

Sports shops in resorts hire Mountain Bikes and City Bikes.

Excursions

Local coach companies offer a range of excursions.

Currency and Credit / Debit Cards

The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc. The euro is also widely used and accepted. Credit and debit cards are not as widely accepted as in the UK. Check that the shop or restaurant takes them before you buy.

Most resorts have Automated Teller Machines inside the bank branch or outside that will take Visa, Mastercard or Eurocard.

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