Picture yourself at the foot of the staggering grey Alps, snuggling up over a steaming pot of fondue, or indulging in the world’s best chocolate – you’ve made it to the white and wonderful world of Switzerland.

Where else on earth would you get a mountain adventure cushioned with luxury? Lovers of breathtaking views and adorers of find foods meet here for an experience of indulgent travel. Trek beneath crags and glaciers and retreat to some of the finest restaurants in Europe. There’s no other place quite like Switzerland. 

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Local culture of Switzerland

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Geography & environment

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Shopping guide to Switzerland

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Switzerland festival calendar

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Food & drink in Switzerland

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Switzerland travel FAQs

Citizens of EU countries, Australia, Canada and the USA have visa-free access to Switzerland. 

Although there is no obligation to tip, it’s common to round up to the nearest 5-10 francs in cafes and restaurants.  

You’ll have good internet access in Switzerland’ major cities and towns. 

Mobile phone coverage is good in major cities and towns. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling. 

Switzerland has Western-style toilets. 

  • Cup of coffee in a cafe = 3-4 Fr
  • Beer in a bar or restaurant = 5-7 Fr
  • Simple lunch in a cafe = 10-15 Fr
  • Dinner at a restaurant = 30-50 Fr

Tap water is safe to drink unless otherwise marked. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you. 

You’ll be able to use your credit card at the usual places like restaurants and hotels, however prepare to pay cash when making purchases from some small shops and local businesses. 

ATMs are common in Switzerland and usually internationally connected. 

Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.

For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/switzerland/public-holidays