We had a very good time at swiss.
Thanks abl. ...

Mr. & Mrs. Holmes - London

Tips & Information for Traveler


Goeography

It is a landlocked country, has the highest elevations in the Alps and 70% of the country is made up of mountains.

Climate and Clothing

The climate varies with the altitude.The temperature is moderate with no real extremes of hot and cold. Summer is warm lasting from about June to September. It is best to be prepared for every eventuality and pack a warm sweater and raincoat.

Money Matters

The currency used is the Swiss Franc (CHF). It is divided into centimes (1 Swiss Franc = 100 centimes). Many prices may also be displayed in Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread. Exchange offices are situated at airports and large railway stations

Bank opening hours - Generally open Mondays to Fridays 9am to 12.30 noon and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Manners and Customs

Etiquette and social customs are very formal. Swiss Germans tend to be extremely polite and hard working. Tips are generally included in the bills but you can add a small tip if the service was very good. Make sure you greet a shopkeeper when entering a store.

Food and Drink

Swiss cuisine is generally of a very good standard. French, German and Italian influences prevail in the regions where those languages are spoken. Specialty dishes include Fondue and Raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and Rosti (fried potato),Bundnerfleisch (air-dried beef ) and Fondue Bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces).Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. A great variety of Swiss wines are available throughout the country. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflumli and Williamine.The water in Switzerland is safe to drink.

Best Buys

Watches, clocks and cuckoo clocks,chocolate, music boxes and Swiss army knives.Shopping Hours: Usually Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm (closed two hours for lunch); shops are closed on Monday mornings and opening hours vary on Saturdays.

Postal Information

Post offices are easily recognized by their distinctive sign showing a white cross on a red background and the letters PTT. All offices handle telephone calls and stamps are also dispensed from vending machines outside. Swiss post boxes are yellow. Post office hours are Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 12 noon and 2pm to 6.30pm, and Saturdays 7.30am to 11am.

Telephones

The country code is +41 (dialing in) and international access 00 (dialing out). On the efficient Swiss telephone network you can dial most of the world directly, even from a street telephone box. Complete and simple operating instructions in four languages, including English, are posted in all of them.

Ekit

The access numbers are: Switzerland 0800-562-733, Zurich economy 44-580-4354, nationwide economy 0842-000-004.

Public Facilities

There are clean, conveniently located public toilets across Switzerland. Look out for the sign 'Toiletten' or 'WC'. You will also find 'Damen' or 'Frauen' for ladies' toilets, and 'Herren' and 'Männer' for men's toilets.