6 Switzerland Travel Tips To Know Before You Go
Can you hear the clanging of cow bells echoing across the hills? Imagine the fragrant cheese and delicious chocolate. Get lost (but not too lost, K?) in the serenity and beauty of the Alps. Switzerland’s people and it’s culture are waiting for you to enjoy! Let’s turn your dream trip to reality! Here’s a few tips to help you get the most out of your Swiss travel adventure.
For starters, Switzerland is a landlocked country known for it’s majestic mountains, it’s neutral position in world government and, of course, cheese and chocolate. Switzerland travel can be expensive, but when you have these swiss travel tips at hand, you will be able to make the best decisions for your budget and your time Ready to create your perfect swiss travel adventure? Let’s go!
Many towns are named for their cheeses, or is it the other way around? Many cheeses are named for their towns? Either way, both the cheese and the town are feast worthy. Check out these places and their cheese:
Emmentaler – Named after the Emmental river.
Appenzeller – The Appenzell region has tasty mild cheese and beautiful meadow hiking.
Gruyere -It’s produced throughout Switzerland, but the best is likely found in the town with the same name.
Alp Cheese – this cheese is found all over Switzerland too, but only in the summer. Each cheese takes on the flavour of the alpine area the cows have grazed in all summer.
- Punctuality is highly valued by the Swiss. Be on time.
- If it’s a dinner party, try everything and don’t leave any food on your plate.
- Knife in your right hand, fork in your left. Don’t switch ’em. Keep your hands above the table when not using cutlery.
- When finished, lay your fork (tines up) & knife diagonal across plate, handles to the bottom right.
- Keep your hands out of your pockets when speaking to someone.
In 1819 Francois-Louis Cailler created the first chocolate bar. Fifty years later his son-in-law added milk to the recipe. He partnered with Henri Nestle, and together they developed milk chocolate. We’ve been craving and drooling over swiss milk chocolate ever since. From Toblerone to Lindt, Frey to Läderach, Swiss made chocolate is world renowned. You can even enjoy the Lindt Chocolate Experience in Lucerne.
- Currency is the Swiss Franc or the CHF.
- Switzerland is part of the Schengen Zone. It has some tourist visit length limitations. If you are in Schengen for longer than 90 days, you need a special visa.
- While the CHF to USD exchange rate might look quite good, the cost of living in Switzerland is quite high. Budget accordingly .
Words To Know
Switzerland has 4 national languages – German, Italian, French and Romanish. Everyone speaks German and then at least 1 or 2 others based on the region.
Here’s a few helpful German words:
Guten Tag – Hello/Good Day
Auf Wiedersehen – Good-bye
Bitte – Please
Danke – Thank you
Bitte Schön – You’re Welcome
Entschuldigen sie – Pardon me./I’m sorry.
Ya – Yes
Nein – No