Switzerland

Why should you visit Switzerland? Um… why not?

This country offers so much for everyone! The skiing is world-class, the food is amazing, the scenery is unmatched, and the people are extremely friendly. So, whether you want to wander through a major city, enjoy a coffee while being surrounded by mountains, or if you just want to pet a cute cow, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Cities of Interest

There are so many unique and amazing places to explore in Switzerland. To see more about individual cities, click here.

Best time to visit

Let’s get this straight there is no bad time to visit. It all depends on what you are wanting to do during your time in this country. The best time to visit Switzerland for skiing would be January and February. If hiking is more your thing, then traveling in mid-April and May is a great idea.

The high season is from mid-June to mid-September and from mid-December through February. The holidays see a lot of crowds and higher hotel prices. However, if you are coming to Switzerland’s Christmas markets this is something that can’t be avoided.

The low season runs from mid-October to mid-December and mid-March to mid-April. It’s a great time to visit to have lower airfare and room rates.

Weather

Spring

March average temps: 2.2°C (36°F) to 10°C (50°F)

April average temps: 2.8°C (37°F) to 13.3°C (55.9°F)

May average temps: 10°C (50°F) to 21.1°C (70°F)

Summer

June average temps: 12.2°C (54°F) to 23.3°C (73.9°F)

July average temps: 16.7°C (62.1°F) to 27.2°C (81°F)

August average temps: 17.2°C (63°F) to 23.9°C (75°F)

Fall

September average temps: 12.8°C (55°F) to 21.1°C (70°F)

October average temps: 7.2°C (45°F) and 15.6°C (60.1°F)

November average temps: -3.9°C (25°F) to 8.9°C (48°F)

Winter

December average temps: -14.4°C (6.1°F) to -0.6°C (30.9°F)

January average temps: -3.9°C (25°F) to 2.8°C (37°F)

February average temps: -9.4°C (15.1°F) to 1.1°C (34°F)

Map

Here is a map of some of the places I visited during my time in this amazing country. For downloadable itineraries for each city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

Flag / Time Zone / Currency

Flag: black, red, and gold represent the national colors and symbolize unity and freedom

Time Zone: CET (Central European Standard Time)

Currency: Euro €

Cuisine

  • Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Specifically, fondue and raclette. Yes, you must indulge in the melty goodness. These dishes are usually served with bread, potatoes, gherkins, onions, and sometimes meats.
  • Chocolate! In the 19th century, Swiss chocolate began to grow its reputation abroad. Now, it is considered one of the best-made chocolate in the world and there is no shortage of shops in which to taste these decadent morsels.
  • Rösti is a flat, hot cake that looks very similar to hashbrowns in the states. This potato pancake is fried in either hot butter or fat and is super tasty with applesauce or any other accompaniment it might be served with.
  • Biberli is a gingerbread that is pressed into a wooden mold to make it look like a picture.
  • Älplermagronen is a gratin that mixes potatoes, macaroni, cheese, cream, and onions and is served with stewed apples on the side.

Fun Facts About Switzerland

  1. Switzerland has over 7000 lakes!
  2. Based on a report by the United Nations, the average marriage age for Swiss men is 31.8 and 29.5 for women. They tend to put education and career before starting families. Not a bad idea. Women in Switzerland wait for the longest of any country in Europe to have children, an average of 30.4 years old.
  3. CERN, the world’s leading particle physics laboratory is located within the country’s borders. If you have ever watched Big Bang Theory, they reference this place quite often.
  4. If you want to go to college in Switzerland, then you will receive a quality education at a much lower cost than universities in the United States. Tuition is around 1000 CHF each year, that’s approximately $1,065 per year!
  5. Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership among industrialized nations. However, it has nearly half the gun-related deaths that the United States does. It boasts the lowest crime rate of all industrialized countries.

I hope you have found this information on Switzerland helpful and are excited to explore this incredible country! For downloadable itineraries for each Swiss city, head over to Downloadable Guides.

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