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The Swiss Holiday Company have been arranging holidays in Switzerland for over 30 years. Our team has a great affection for this country and even after multiple visits, we are still awestruck by the stunning natural scenery. 

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Switzerland facts

Switzerland enjoys an enviably scenic position in the heart of the Alps, bordered by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. Its highest point is the Dufour Peak (in the Monte Rosa mountain range) at 4,634m and the lowest point is Lake Maggiore at 193m above sea level. Switzerland has a population of around 8 million people. Its capital is historic Bern but this is actually the 4th most populous city after Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The country is organised into 26 regions or 'cantons' which each have their own traditions, atmosphere and public holidays.

Switzerland facts

Switzerland enjoys an enviably scenic position in the heart of the Alps, bordered by France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Italy. Its highest point is the Dufour Peak (in the Monte Rosa mountain range) at 4,634m and the lowest point is Lake Maggiore at 193m above sea level. Switzerland has a population of around 8 million people. Its capital is historic Bern but this is actually the 4th most populous city after Zurich, Geneva and Basel. The country is organised into 26 regions or 'cantons' which each have their own traditions, atmosphere and public holidays.

 
Weather in Switzerland

There are no guarantees of course, but the climate is generally moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. Spring and Autumn: 8-15°C (46-59°F) Summer: 18-28°C (65-82°F) Winter: -2-7°C (28-45°F) Temperatures do vary considerably at altitude, so we recommend taking something warm if you are planning to explore the mountains during the summer.

Weather in Switzerland

There are no guarantees of course, but the climate is generally moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity. Spring and Autumn: 8-15°C (46-59°F) Summer: 18-28°C (65-82°F) Winter: -2-7°C (28-45°F) Temperatures do vary considerably at altitude, so we recommend taking something warm if you are planning to explore the mountains during the summer.

 
What currency is used in Switzerland

In Switzerland the currency is the Swiss Franc, which you may see written as CHF or SFR. Of course the rate of exchange varies but it is generally between 1.2 and 1.3 francs to the pound. Euros are accepted in some places (again, exchange rate varies).

What currency is used in Switzerland

In Switzerland the currency is the Swiss Franc, which you may see written as CHF or SFR. Of course the rate of exchange varies but it is generally between 1.2 and 1.3 francs to the pound. Euros are accepted in some places (again, exchange rate varies).

 
Languages spoken in Switzerland

English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and at tourist locations. There are 4 official languages in Switzerland: depending on which part of Switzerland you visit, you may like to practice your French, German or Italian, or even try a few words in the local Swiss dialect, Schwitzerdütsch.

German is by far the most widely spoken language in Switzerland. Most German speakers use the Swiss version, Schwitzerdütsch.

French is spoken in the western part of the country (Lake Geneva resorts and the Valais).

Italian is spoken in Ticino and the southern valleys of the Graubünden region. 

Rumantsch is spoken by just 0.5% of the population in certain areas of the Graubünden.

Languages spoken in Switzerland

English is widely spoken in hotels, restaurants and at tourist locations. There are 4 official languages in Switzerland: depending on which part of Switzerland you visit, you may like to practice your French, German or Italian, or even try a few words in the local Swiss dialect, Schwitzerdütsch.

German is by far the most widely spoken language in Switzerland. Most German speakers use the Swiss version, Schwitzerdütsch.

French is spoken in the western part of the country (Lake Geneva resorts and the Valais).

Italian is spoken in Ticino and the southern valleys of the Graubünden region. 

Rumantsch is spoken by just 0.5% of the population in certain areas of the Graubünden.

 
How to get to Switzerland

You can fly from the UK to Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports. Alternatively you can take the train from London via Paris or Strasbourg. Upon arrival, the fantastic transport network allows you to travel onwards to your resort. We will provide all the tickets you need along with instructions of where to go and when. 

We arrange holidays for people from all over the world, however, if you are travelling to Switzerland from outside the UK, you will need to book your own flights and we'll take care of the rail transfers and hotel bookings. 

How to get to Switzerland

You can fly from the UK to Zurich, Geneva and Basel airports. Alternatively you can take the train from London via Paris or Strasbourg. Upon arrival, the fantastic transport network allows you to travel onwards to your resort. We will provide all the tickets you need along with instructions of where to go and when. 

We arrange holidays for people from all over the world, however, if you are travelling to Switzerland from outside the UK, you will need to book your own flights and we'll take care of the rail transfers and hotel bookings. 

 
Passports and visas for Switzerland

British citizens need a full passport to visit Switzerland for the duration of your stay, but a visa is not required. All other nationalities should check this important information with the Swiss Embassy on 0207 616 6000 or visaswiss.uk@vfshelpline.com

Passports and visas for Switzerland

British citizens need a full passport to visit Switzerland for the duration of your stay, but a visa is not required. All other nationalities should check this important information with the Swiss Embassy on 0207 616 6000 or visaswiss.uk@vfshelpline.com

 
Things to see and do in Switzerland

With the beautiful lakes and mountains linked by a superb transport system, the possibilities are endless! Take a lake cruise for the day, go for a walk in the mountains, admire the view from an alpine restaurant, travel on a steam train, enjoy a scenic rail day trip over the Alps, marvel at an immense glacier, feel the spray of a waterfall ... or just relax and enjoy being in such a beautiful environment.

Please use the resort drop down menu at the top of this page to see an overview of things to do in each destination or click here. The resort pages also have links to excursion information for the wider regions. Please do call us for our recommendations as well. If there is a particular excursion you would like to do, please double check operating dates and bear in mind that local weather conditions can affect availability.

Things to see and do in Switzerland

With the beautiful lakes and mountains linked by a superb transport system, the possibilities are endless! Take a lake cruise for the day, go for a walk in the mountains, admire the view from an alpine restaurant, travel on a steam train, enjoy a scenic rail day trip over the Alps, marvel at an immense glacier, feel the spray of a waterfall ... or just relax and enjoy being in such a beautiful environment.

Please use the resort drop down menu at the top of this page to see an overview of things to do in each destination or click here. The resort pages also have links to excursion information for the wider regions. Please do call us for our recommendations as well. If there is a particular excursion you would like to do, please double check operating dates and bear in mind that local weather conditions can affect availability.

 

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Tailor made Switzerland holidays

We will tailor all Swiss holiday arrangements to your requirements, including flexibility on travel dates, duration and combinations of resorts. Call us with your plans on 0800 619 1200


Planning your ski holiday

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  • Select your airport from around the UK
  • Choose 1st or 2nd class rail transfers
  • 3 or 4 star hotel accommodation 
  • How many nights are you staying  
  • Would like to upgrade your hotel room
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
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Scenic rail holidays

Ask us about the Swiss scenic rail journeys - a great way of combining resorts to create your own two or multi centre holiday
Glacier Express
Bernina Express
GoldenPass Line
Gotthard Panorama Express

Planning your holiday

Call 0800 619 1200
  • Decide where you would like to stay
  • Choose your scenic journeys
  • 1st or 2nd class rail travel in Switzerland
  • How many nights in each resort
  • Decide on bed & breakfast or half board
  • 3, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation
  • Plan visits with your Half Fare Card

You may also like to consider adding a scenic river cruise at the start or end of your holiday. Please ask for details. 

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