Travelling to Switzerland? You should know these:

  • Officially Known as – Swiss Confederation
  • Capital City – Bern
  • No of Cantons or States – 26 
  • Population – 8.825 million (2023)
  • Switzerland Tourist Visa – Schengen
  • EU Member – No 
  • Currency – Swiss Francs (CHF)
  • Language – French, German, Italian, Romansh (English is spoken)

This landlocked country is home to sparkling lakes (more than 7,000!), scenic mountains (hello, Alps!), small medieval walled towns, historic towns, towering mountains, endless green fields, and delicious food. They have chocolate, cheese. Incredible beer and friendly, helpful people.

This place is all about running on time, the country is super safe, and people are super nice. I loved my time traveling around Switzerland and the country rocks no matter what time of the year you visit.

1. Tour of the capital

Bern has a wonderful old town. This part of town is full of medieval clock towers, cobbled streets, churches and well-preserved brownstones. Walk along the Aareweg, visit the History Museum and the Einstein Museum, and see bears at the Bear Park!

2. Ski the Matterhorn

The Matterhorn’s sharp peak is the one of Switzerland’s most famous sights. Cars are not allowed, so you’ll need to take a train or bus to the Zermatt area (the town closest to the mountains). If you miss the ski season, come to the mountains in the summer.

3. Visit Zurich

Zurich is also on the beautiful Lake Zurich, close to the mountains and close to many other cities (such as Bern). I love the historic center facing the lake. A perfect day here would be to sit in the park and have a beer by the lakeshore. The city is also highly artistic, with plenty of street art and museums.

4. Adventure in Interlaken

Interlaken is one of the country’s outdoor capitals (although it can get quite busy with tourists during the high season). There is so much to do here for adrenaline junkies.

Skydiving, waterskiing, skiing, hiking and more on Swiss glaciers. It’s also a backpacker base, with plenty of free outdoor activities.

5. Visit the Swiss Riviera

The ‘Swiss Riviera’ is located in Lavaux (Vaud) and runs along Lake Geneva. You can visit the city of Montreux, famous for its unique terraced vineyards overlooking the lake, his 12th-century Chillon castle built on the water, and his annual jazz festival. 

1. Participate in Carnival Spring Carnival
This festival in Basel, his three-day party to welcome the warmer weather, takes place each year on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. A much-awaited event for tourists and locals alike, it is undoubtedly Switzerland’s most popular festival. Fasnachtler wear elaborate costumes to hide their identities and parade through the streets with a ‘krieg’ (a band of drums and piccolos). All the bars and restaurants in the city are open for three full days, and everyone is in good spirits.

2. Discover Geneva
Switzerland’s third-largest city, Geneva is home to a city lake (Lac Geneva), the world’s largest fountain, one of the main United Nations headquarters, a historic city center and cosmopolitan restaurants to suit every palate. It boasts a great view of the collection. While here, be sure to visit the Geneva Museum of Art and History and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. There are 40 museums in all, and lots of fun!

3. Hike Mount Pilatus
Just outside the city of Lucerne, this beautiful mountain offers stunning views of the Alps. From town, you can take a gondola ride or hike a trail to see the Swiss Alps (it takes about 2 hours to the top, or a 30-minute gondola ride). Around the northern side of Mount Pilatus there are easier hiking trails and attractions such as the high ropes course in summer.

4. Picnic at the Rhine Falls
Pack a picnic and take in views of Europe’s most spectacular waterfalls. A boat tour allows you to get up close to the boulders, especially in the middle of the falls, and visit the Rhine Falls basin. Near the town of Schaffhausen is a medieval castle, which also offers cheap (but interesting) accommodation in hostels. 

5. Discover St. Gallen
Switzerland’s seventh-largest city, St. Gallen, is home to beautiful museums, colorful murals and unique architecture. It doesn’t get as many tourists as other cities and regions around the country, but it’s a fun city full of students, and you’re likely to make friends with locals during your visit. Don’t miss the Baroque cathedral and the Abbey Library, which houses nearly 170,000 documents. Some are handwritten over a thousand years ago!

6. Swiss countryside tour
Rent a car and explore the Graubünden region with its 13th-century houses and buildings. You can also hear Romansh, an ancient language that has disappeared elsewhere in the country, and many locals take great pride in keeping their traditions alive. Of course, it’s also a nature lover’s paradise. The region has 615 lakes and 150 valleys. Soglio, Brigels, Bergün and Vals are just a few of the beautiful villages worth visiting.

7. Have a romantic time in Montreux
With its picturesque castle (Château de Chillon) by the lake, this area is perfect for a romantic getaway. See a castle that dates back to the 12th century and inspired figures like Lord Byron and Mary Shelley. This town is also the hometown of Freddy his Mercury and there is a statue of him here. A visit to the castle costs CHF 13.50.

8. Discover Agricultural Culture in Appenzell
A small village of 7,000 people in the state of Appenzell Innerrhoden. There are no cars and the village retains much of its local traditions and culture, including dance and folk music. An incredibly picturesque little town with frescoed buildings and narrow streets. Its location at the foot of the Alpstein Mountains makes it a great starting point for summer and winter outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing. Ride the Appenzellerbahn to Wasserauen where he explores the fascinating prehistoric Wildkirchli caves (inhabited more than 40,000 years ago). 

9. Visit Lucerne

Few are more quintessential Swiss destinations than Lucerne. Located on the beautiful Lake Lucerne, the city offers a perfect blend of city life and nature. Spend time in the old town, especially Weinmarkt, surrounded by medieval guild houses and decorative buildings. Cross the Chapel Bridge, the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world, and see his 17th-century ceiling paintings depicting events from Lucerne’s history.

10. Ride the Jungfraujochbahn

Jungfraujoch is the highest railway station on the continent. This cable car started its operation in 1896 and has a total length of 9 km (5 miles). Climb the Kleine Scheidegg to Jungfraujoch for breathtaking views and incredible snow. A round-trip ticket costs CHF 210.80.

Stay – A room in a private hostel costs CHF 70-120 per night. Most hostels offer free linen and WiFi, and some include breakfast.

If you are traveling with a tent, there are many campsites around Interlaken. A basic plot for 2 people without electricity costs approximately CHF 15-30 per night. Hotels are quite expensive, costing CHF 70-120 per night for a basic room. If you want a more comfortable and spacious room, you will have to spend CHF 150-200 per night.

A much better alternative than a hotel is Airbnb, where a private room usually costs 30-50 CHF per night and a whole apartment starts around 70 CHF (although it usually costs twice as much, so Book early to find the best deals).

Cuisine – With strong French, German and Italian influences, Swiss cuisine combines meat and potato dishes, as well as many local cheeses. Popular dishes include veal and mushrooms, fondue (with bread or potatoes), hash browns (fries), and quiche. Of course, Swiss cheese and chocolate are not to be missed.

If you prefer to eat out, bars and cafes are the cheapest places to eat, with lunch costs around CHF 9-15. A cheap restaurant costs about CHF 25, while his three-course meal in a medium-sized restaurant costs about CHF 60.

If you want to have a drink with your meal, beers are around CHF 7 and cocktails are CHF 12-15. Fast food (think McDonald’s) is around CHF 15 for a combo meal. You can control your grocery spending by going to your local supermarket and buying your own groceries. Staple foods such as pasta, rice, eggs, seasonal produce and meat should cost around CHF 100-125 per week. Big supermarkets are Migros, COOP and Spar. COOP is the highest.

Activities – Most museums charge around CHF 15-20, but there are often discounts for students. Hiking and adventure activities start at around CHF 70, and paragliding around CHF 160. Ski and snowboard lift tickets range from CHF 55 to CHF 95 per day, depending on the mountain. Multi-day ski passes usually offer significant discounts.

My recommended budget for backpacking Switzerland is CHF 95 a day. This includes staying in hostel dormitories, cooking all meals, using public transport, limiting alcohol consumption, most free activities such as enjoying nature and going hiking. It is included.

With a moderate budget of around CHF 200 per day, buy a private his Airbnb, a few meals, a few drinks, a taxi to get around, paid tours and activities such as museum visits and skiing. We have you covered.

With a “luxury” budget of CHF400+ per day, you can stay in a hotel, eat out all your meals, drink more, rent a car or take a taxi, and do whatever tours and activities you want. However, this is only his ground floor for luxury. The sky is the limit!

Use the table below to get an idea of ​​your daily budget. Remember that these are daily averages. Some days you spend more and some days you spend less (perhaps every day you spend less). I would like to give you a general idea of ​​how to create a budget. The price is CHF. 

 AccommodationFoodTransportationAttractionsAverage Daily Cost
Backpacker4025151595
Mid-Range90602525200
Luxury2001204040400

Saving tips

Ask about discounts – Many museums and other attractions offer student discounts, so always ask if you are a student if there is a student discount.

Get a City Card – Most cities have City Cards or City Passes that offer discounts or free admission to museums and attractions. Most of them also offer free transportation. If you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, these cards are really good value. Stay with a Local – Couchsurfing is a service that allows travelers to stay with locals for free. Being able to keep costs as low as possible was a lifesaver. Request a host in advance as many travelers use this service.

Use BlaBlaCar – transportation is very expensive, more than lodging. Most intercity trains cost around 50 CHF.

Instead, use his BlaBlaCar, a rideshare website, to avoid trains and meet locals. Similar to Airbnb, but for rideshares. Make sure you are flexible as some trips get canceled at the last minute.

Don’t drink – as alcohol is not cheap here. Skip the alcohol to save money and keep your budget intact. If you drink, grab cheap drinks at happy hour or at the hostel bar.

Cook Meals – Eating out here can get expensive, so save money by shopping and cooking your own meals. It’s not glamorous, but it makes your visit to Switzerland more affordable!

Eat lunch specials – If you eat out, eat at lunchtime when most lunch specials in cafes and restaurants cost around CHF 10-19. It’s the best season for eating out.

Bring a water bottle – The tap water here is safe to drink, so bring a reusable water bottle to save money and reduce plastic use. LifeStraw is my favorite brand and the bottle has a built-in filter to ensure the water is always clean and safe.

Public Transport – Swiss cities and communities are very well connected by trams, buses, funiculars and trains. All modes of transportation are safe, clean and reliable. A single trip typically costs between CHF 2.50 and CHF 5, depending on how long it takes and how many zones you’re traveling through.

Consider purchasing the Swiss Half Fare Card. This allows you to use trains, buses, boats and most mountain railways at half price for one year. The fee is CHF 185. This is economical only if you want to spend 370 CHF or more on public transport.

If you’re staying for a while and want to pack a lot into your itinerary, consider getting a Swiss Travel Pass. Prices range from CHF 232 for 3 consecutive days to CHF 429 for 15 consecutive days (there are non-consecutive passes), but it might be worth your time. Inclusions – public transport, free travel on tourist trains, admission to 500 museums, mountain tours and more.

If you are considering a Swiss Half Fare Card or a Swiss Travel Pass, please use the sbb.ch website to see the full price for some of your planned trips. This is the best way to see if either card is cost-effective.

Train – The fare from Bern to Geneva (2 hours) is CHF 50-95. Zurich to Interlaken is CHF 54-96 in 2 hours and Zurich to Bern is CHF 40-75 in 1 hour. Intercity second-class train tickets cost between 40 and 100 Swiss francs.

As mentioned above, if you plan to travel a lot by train, you should consider a Swiss Travel Pass or Halbtax-Abo.

Bus – FlixBus offers several routes around the country. A 90-minute trip from Zurich to Bern starts at just CHF 6, and a 5-hour trip from Zurich to Geneva starts at CHF 17. Much cheaper than the train.

Flying – The country is so small that there is no need to fly. Take either the train or the bus!

Ridesharing – Using a ridesharing service like BlaBlaCar is one of the best ways to get around the country, although it requires some flexibility. Simply request your seat, pay a small fee and you’re ready to go. It’s a faster and more interesting way to travel than buses and trains.

Hitchhiking – This is a common practice in mountainous areas and areas where public transport is not widely available. Hitchwiki.org is a great resource for more information and tips.

Most tourists visit Switzerland during the summer months, from May to September. July and August are the hottest months, with no snow on the trails and longer days. August 1st is full of Swiss National Day celebrations (fireworks!). Summer highs range from 18 to 28 °C (65 to 82 °F).

The low season is April-May and October-November, known in Switzerland as Zwischenzeit. This is “Z Zwischenzeit” for skiing and the summer season. It’s a good time for city hopping, but the ski fields are completely quiet and many are closed. The weather is also unpredictable.

The ski season he lasts from December to March and the resorts get crowded and very expensive. If you’re a skier, Switzerland has some of the best ski resorts in the world, so it probably doesn’t matter. The weather is cold and below freezing, so pack plenty of layers.

Switzerland’s law and order, makes it a safe country. The most common crime is pickpocketing in tourist areas, but it is also rare. Petty crime is on the rise in some cities, such as Geneva, but that’s nothing to worry about. Just keep your valuables safe and out of reach and you’re good to go.

The usual precautions apply, but a woman traveling alone should feel safe here (she won’t leave her drink at the bar, don’t go home alone at night if she’s drunk, etc.).

If you plan to hike or ski in the mountains, pay close attention to the weather forecast. Heed avalanche warnings and stay off the trail if instructed to do so.

In case of an emergency, dial 117 for assistance.

Always trust your intuition. Make copies of personal documents such as passports and ID cards. Share your itinerary to loved ones so they know where you are.

The most important advice I can give is to get good travel insurance. Travel insurance protects you from illness, injury, theft and cancellation. Perfect protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go traveling without this as I have had to use it many times in the past.

best booking resource

These are my favorite companies when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer top-notch customer service and value for money, and are overall better than their competitors. is always the starting point when searching for relevant information.

Make My Trip – Make My Trip is my favorite flight search engine. They search for small websites and low-cost airlines that are often overlooked by large search pages.

Hostelworld – The best hostel accommodation website with the largest inventory, search interface and availability.

Booking.com – The best comprehensive booking site that consistently offers the lowest and lowest prices. They have the largest selection of cheap accommodation, and in all my tests they were consistently the cheapest of all booking sites.

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. Cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and many other tour options in cities around the world.

Ways to find Cheap Flights

For most tours, airfare is the most expensive part of the trip. Transatlantic flights price has dropped down in recent years, but they can still have a big impact on your travel budget. Finding airline tickets is very important for travel.

 If the flight is too expensive, you will probably keep postponing your trip. I’ve experienced it over and over again.

Yet, every day, airlines offer thousands of amazing offers – from false fares to special promotions and price cuts to compete with other airlines. Travel can be a reality – if you know where to look.

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