How to enjoy your trip to Switzerland
Your entry requirements for Switzerland and other useful tips
Where is Switzerland ?
Switzerland is located in the central parts of Western Europe, it is actually a land locked country. This alpine nation is not a part of the European Union, not is it part of the Schengen Zone.
The Swiss have kept their own currency, the Swiss Franc. It is worth more than the dollar, the Euro, and the pound sterling.
The two most important sources of revenue for the country are tourism and the banking industry.
The size and the specialist nature of the Swiss banking sector has made it one of the wealthiest countries across the globe.
Entry requirements for Switzerland
The exact entry requirements depend on where you are from and, which nationality you hold. So you may be able to stay in the country for 3 months without a visa, or a visa may be needed from the start.
Nationals from the United States, Canada and European Union member states do not need a visa to be allowed into the country.
There is the proviso that your passport has to be valid for 3 months after your date of entry.
Non American citizens resident in the United States or holding a Green Card also do not need a visa.
If you are a citizen of any nation not already mentioned above should contact the Swiss consulate or embassy to confirm entry requirements before making any definite plans to visit the country.
Places to see and enjoy
Switzerland is a beautiful country to visit with it’s lakes, mountains and rivers. Listed below are some of the best places to visit while you are in Switzerland.
1. Basel – Though it is officially in the German speaking part of the country, it is next to the French speaking areas, and not so far away from the Italian speaking south of the country. It is also relatively close to the high Alps where Romanche is the main language.
Though the street signs are in German, France is really close. Indeed there was not enough room to build Basel airport in Switzerland and it is actually in Franc.
If you decide to take a cruise on the Rhine while on the steamer the parts of the river that are in France and Germany will be pointed out to you.
2. Bern is the small capital city of Switzerland, you have nothing on the scale of Berlin, London or Paris here. In fact you can any part of Bern on foot. It is located within the French speaking part of the country. Bern is near Luzernne, where the French and German parts get mingled together. Luzernne is famous for it’s wooden bridge too.
3. Next up is the most famous Swiss city, Geneva. Many consider Geneva as being an international city. It is home to some of the United Nations bodies, most notably the World Health Organization. In the Cold War the leaders of the United States and the Soviet Union saw it as the ideal neutral venue for several summits held to reduce superpower tensions.
4. Zurich is the largest and commercially important city within the Swiss Confederation. It is situated by Lake Zurich and in the Alps.
5. Go to the Rhone Gletsch is the place where the Rhone River originates before flowing into France. The main attractions in the Rhone Gletsch are the glaciers and the ice caves. Together they provide some awesome scenes.
6. Finally there is the San Bernadino Tunnel, this remarkable piece of engineering forms the link between the German speaking and Italian speaking parts of the country. Prepare to be amazed at how they dug this tunnel through the Alps. You will not be surprised to learn that it is the largest and longest tunnel in all of continental Europe.
Just south of this impressive tunnel is where Ernest Hemingway decided to set a large part of his Farewell to Arms.
Without a doubt Switzerland is a beautiful country to visit and has plenty of things to see. It is one of the safest places in Europe, mainly due to it’s very low crime rate. For 700 years Switzerland has remained neutral except when defending itself in Napoleonic times.
The Swiss defense system had an influence on the Second Amendment as every healthy adult male completes two years in the military and then spends forty years as a reservist with a rifle at home.