Switzerland Travel Basics

Below is some basic information you need to know about Switzerland before visiting.


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Switzerland Itinerary

There's few places on this planet where the advertising fails to do the country justice. Prior to coming Switzerland, I'd seen the ads showing the stunning snow capped mountains, idyllic green meadows and awe inspiring waterfalls. Now that I've experienced them in person, I can say the ads lied.

Switzerland's nature is more beautiful, soul nourishing and humbling than any picture could hope to capture.

Writing a two week itinerary for any country is always tricky. It means you'll only get a taste of what a destination has to offer, and you won't see everything. In Switzerland's case, it's doubly tricky.

It has two primary tourist seasons, the winter for skiing and summer for hiking. My itinerary will focus on the summer and explores the big cities, outdoors and some of the smaller towns.


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Why You Must Visit Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Famous for its picture perfect mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The two weeks I spent here were magical. But if I'm being honest, Switzerland surprised me. I knew it was blessed with amazing natural beauty, but all the pictures and videos I'd seen failed to do it justice.

Switzerland might be a small country, but its society is mutlicultural supporting 4 languages (German, Italian, French and Romansh). Its a tourist mecca without being over-commercialized. Its one of the safest countries in the world that invites you to explore it.

This is my list of top reasons why you must visit Switzerland.


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JungFrau A Hiker’s Wonderland

The Berner Oberland is one of the most visited areas in Switzerland and with good reason. It's home to the famous mountains of Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch. This area is blessed with one of kind natural beauty of snow capped mountains, bright green meadows, serene rivers and countless breathtaking hiking trails.

Arriving into Interlaken from Zurich I'm immediately taken in by the majestic beauty of the mountains, which were framed by the deepest blue skies I'd ever seen. I could feel the goosebumps rise on my skin and I'm only in the train station.


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Zurich On A Budget

Zurich (along with Geneva) tops the list of the world's most expensive cities according to a UBS study in 2015. It's more expensive than New York, London and Tokyo. This isn't a city that's welcoming to visitors on a budget.

Zurich, I would like to introduce myself. I'm a newly unemployed IT Manager who (formerly used to the finer things in life) is on said tight budget. I have taken it upon myself to spend two days and nights in your beautiful city and I only plan to spend $100 .... total!


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