Know how to make your trip to Switzerland memorable
Tips, entry requirements and places to look for on vacation in Switzerland
Where is Switzerland?
Switzerland is a small country located in the heart of Western Europe and is located in the highest points of the Alps. Unlike most Western European countries, Switzerland is not a member of the European Union and is not a member of the Schengen area.
Switzerland still has its own currency – the Swiss franc, which is more valuable than the euro, the US dollar or the British pound. The main industries of Switzerland are banking and tourism. Because of its banks, Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world.
Admission requirements for Switzerland
To enter Switzerland, depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to enter Switzerland. Citizens of EU member states, as well as the United States and Canada, do not need a visa to enter Switzerland.
The only requirement required by the above-mentioned citizens is the presence of a valid passport valid for up to three months after the end of the intended stay in the country. If you are from the US, Canada or any of the EU member states, you can stay in Switzerland for three months without a visa.
If you are a citizen of another country but legally reside in the U.S. and have a U.S. green card, you also do not need to have a visa to enter Switzerland. You will need to comply with the same requirements as the requirements of a US citizen.
If your country of origin is not the US, Canada or EU Member States, contact your local Swiss consulate or embassy to find out about visa requirements for your country.
Places to see
Switzerland is a very beautiful country. You can enjoy the mountain beauty of the Swiss Alps and visit the beautiful European cultural cities with gourmet food. Below are some of the best places to visit in Switzerland.
1. Basel is a very unique city due to the fact that it is located in an area where different languages are spoken. What is unique about Switzerland is that the country has four different national languages. The northern part of Switzerland is German-speaking, the southern part is Italian-speaking, and the western part is French-speaking.
In a tiny area in the high Swiss Alps, there is a small group of people who speak Roman, a living language that is as close to Latin as Romance. Basel is officially located in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, and all street signs are in German, but the French-speaking part of Switzerland is nearby.
Basel is also unique in its close proximity to both the German and French borders. The center of Basel is a beautiful medieval city on the banks of the Rhine. Tiny dark green tram roads will take you to all different parts of the city. Basel also offers steamboat rides on the Rhine with gourmet dishes on board.
Some steamers sailing along the Rhine in Basel will even take you to the Rhine section, which allows you to view Germany and France. You can also arrive in Switzerland in Basel, but Basel Airport is really in France.
Basel International Airport is called Maulhouse International Airport and is located in France, near the Swiss border. You have the opportunity to go either to France, visit Dijon or go to Basel. There are different ways to enter.
2. Bern is the capital of Switzerland and is located in the French-speaking part of the country. Bern is a rather small town, and everything in the city center can be reached on foot. Not far from Bern, in the area where French and German Switzerland meet, is Lucerne, which is on a lake where the famous wooden Lucerne Bridge is located. The bridge was damaged by fire several years ago, but it has been rebuilt.
3. Geneva – the most famous city in Switzerland. Geneva is home to some UN offices, including the famous World Health Organization. Geneva is considered an international city, and during the Cold War there were many summits in the United States and the Soviet Union.
4. Zurich is the business center of Switzerland. It is also the largest city in Switzerland and is located in the Alps on Lake Zurich.
5. The Rhône Pitcher is a glacier in the Western Alps and is the source of the Rhône, which flows from Switzerland through France, where it eventually exits into the Mediterranean Sea. Rhone Gletsch is a great place to visit. You can take unique tours of the glacier and go to the gorgeous ice caves that emit light blue light inside when sunlight is filtered through saturated ice and snow.
6. The San Bernadino Tunnel connects the northern German part of Switzerland with the southern Italian-speaking Switzerland. The San Bernadino Tunnel runs under one of the most rugged and impassable alpine terrains and is the longest tunnel in continental Europe. South of the San Bernadino Tunnel is also the site of much of Ernest Hemingway’s farewell to arms.
For whatever reason you want to go to Switzerland, you will learn that it is a wonderfully beautiful country with friendly people. Switzerland also has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. Another interesting fact about Switzerland is that it has been neutral for over 700 years and has not seen a war since Napoleon.
Although Switzerland is neutral, it is ready for an external attack. By law, all buildings in Switzerland, from businesses to houses, must have built-in storage, and every able-bodied man must serve two years in the army and then be in reserve for forty years, and they are issued a Swiss government rifle, which they must keep at home and be prepared to call them to service at any time. The Swiss defense system also influenced the founding fathers to make a second amendment to the U.S. Constitution.