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Country Facts

Sparkling lakes, snow-capped peaks, glistening waterfalls and beautiful vistas of never-ending, green Alpine meadows--Switzerland is the stuff Bollywood's picture-perfect dreams are made of. With some of the highest standards of living, the Swiss have not only perfected the art of chocolate, cheese and time-keeping, but their vibrant festivals, colourful themed parades, fine churches and cathedrals and some of the most spectacular landscapes, makes them wonderful hosts as well.

To get under the Swiss skin, read Johanna Spyri's 'Heidi', a classic childrens' story, watch Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Three Colours: Red', and listen to the yodelling of Appenzeller Echo, a traditional Swiss group.

  • Capital: Bern
  • Official Languages: German, French
  • Government: Federal government
  • Currency: Swiss Franc
  • Time Zone: +1:00 GMT (4 ½ hs behind India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0041

When To Go

Best time to visit: All year long. The average temperature in Switzerland is 8.6 °C with the average temperature range being 19 °C. The highest monthly average high temperature is 23 °C in July & August and the lowest monthly average low temperature is -4 °C in January.

What To Do

The birthplace of absinthe, the Swiss being primarily farmers, incorporate potatoes and cheese into most of their food. They are perhaps best known for fondue, chocolate, cheese and muesli, though their tarts and quiches are just as delicious.

What to eat and drink
What to shop:
  • Some popular dishes
  • Rösti: fried, shredded potatoes
  • Zürcher Geschnetzeltes: thin strips of veal with mushrooms in a cream sauce served with rösti
  • Papet Vaudois: leeks and potatoes served with cabbage sausage
  • Fondue: melted cheese eaten with pieces of bread or potatoes
  • Raclette: hot cheese on potatoes, served with gherkins, pickled onions and other toppings
  • Carac: a pastry made of chocolate
  • Meringue: a desert made by beating egg whites and sugar and served with double cream from Gruyère cheese
  • Rivella: a fizzy, lactose-based drink

Chocolates, Watches, Swiss cuckoo clocks, cheese and Swiss Army knives.


Escorted Tours

The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

A world leader in budget travel, Cosmos combines the benefit of escorted travel with a great price. Ideal for practical, value-minded travelers. Vacations include comfortable hotels, breakfast and some meals, sightseeing with local guides and the services of an expert Tour Director.

Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.


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