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Switzerland at a Glance

Beautiful Switzerland is famous for big peaks, lovely alpine meadows and grazing cows armed with little bells. Swiss Chocolate, watches and army knives also make the list.

Come back from a trip to Switzerland knowing much more about the country than the few things you knew about it when you came.

Take in Alpine views, but also feel free to explore. Try spending a day hiking, mountain biking or sitting by a high, alpine lake. For the even more adventurous, shoot down a river filled with rapids. There are even hot air balloon and airplane tours.

Switzerland's bucolic countryside is not to be missed, but do take in the city sights as well. Shop high-end stores in Geneva, or explore both Bern's medieval old town and its thriving modern art scene. In Zurich, enjoy a mishmash of new restaurants and trendy clubs alongside the deeply rooted, traditional city.

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Popular Places
  • Geneva Geneva
  • Lausanne Lausanne
  • Bern Bern
  • Zurich Zurich
  • Basel Basel
  • Bernese Highlands Bernese Highlands
  • Lucerne Lucerne
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Geneva International Airport
  • Major Airport EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg
  • Major Airport Zurich Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Switzerland if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can use the U.S State Department website to learn more about traveling in Switzerland.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Switzerland's weather depends on elevation, higher elevations receive snow and lower ones have rainy,foggy winters. Summers can be hot and humid at lower elevations.

Safety Concerns Switzerland is a relatively safe country. Watch out for the occasional pickpocket and protect your valuables from theft by keeping them out of sight and close to you.

Health Concerns Switzerland has clean drinking water and good public health.

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