Although Switzerland is one of the many landlocked countries in Europe, its distance from the ocean is by no means a deal breaker in the minds of visitors. The tourism industry is booming thanks to such attractions as the magnificent Swiss Alps. While many countries attract guests during the warm, summer months, Switzerland enjoys much of its peak season when it’s covered in white fluffy snow. If, however, you prefer history to the adrenaline rush of skiing and snowboarding, you can visit such scenic places as the Chateau de Chillon, which is located on the shores of Lake Geneva or plan your visit for the spring so that you don’t miss the three day long Fasnacht Spring Carnival in Basel.
Switzerland Travel Blog
No matter what time of the year you visit, Switzerland will welcome you with open arms. If you are planning a holiday in this fine and friendly country, make sure that you read through our Switzerland Travel Blog to find out all about the best things to see, do and experience while you are here!
Advice for visitors to Switzerland
- Crime and safety: Although crime is fairly low compared to many other countries in the world, you should be aware that Switzerland is by no means immune and you should use your basic common sense while you are here. Petty theft and pickpocketing occurs particularly in crowded areas and main cities. Make sure that you do not carry large sums of cash on you or wear expensive jewellery during your trip.
- Local laws: It is of utmost importance that you observe the local laws of any country especially when you are a foreign visitor. Take note of such things you may take for granted such as where you may or may not smoke since the laws are very strict as far as this is concerned.
- Medical and health: Depending on where you reside, you may be entitled to a free European Health Insurance Card which will allow you access to state provided medical services. This is not, however, any kind of substitute for medical or travel insurance so make sure that you are fully covered by additional policies before you travel. Check with your doctor 8 weeks before you travel regarding any recommended vaccines. If you are planning on visiting sometime between April and October, you should be advised that the risk of tick bites does increase and a bite can result in Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis or other health complications.
- Insurance: If you are planning on taking part in such activities as skiing, snowboarding and so on, you should make absolutely certain that your insurance completely covers you in any unfortunate event. Most, if not all, insurance policies have a separate clause and additional fees applicable for those who are inclined to engage in more risky activities. Should you become injured or require care as a result of a skiing accident, for example, and you do not have the right coverage option, you could end up paying a massive bill or you may not get the best care possible.