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Travel Tips to European Countries: Switzerland

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									Travel Tips to European Countries: Switzerland

About the country

Switzerland is blessed with all the bounties of nature. It is the most preferred tourist destination among
all the countries in the world. The Alps region has a cold weather most of the times, where as the
summers are warmer in the northern area. Visit Saas Fee to ski and snowboard. Dream of living in real
life igloo can come true as many resorts, like Zermatt and St Moritz (which is a celebrity resort), had
them built for their customers.

Culture

Italian, German and French are the official languages of Switzerland. Many English people can also be
found here. Unwrapped flowers must be presented to the host to show appreciation. White asters and
chrysanthemums flowers are reserved for funerals, so precaution must be taken when presenting
flowers to others, even red roses are better avoided.

One can move around in casuals but it is important to dress in warrant jackets and ties when attending
social gatherings or when eating out at a fine restaurant. Swiss Franc is the currency used here.

Shopping

Switzerland is famous for its exotic chocolates, finest handmade clocks and luxury watches. Other
specialties are embroidered linen, music boxes, wood carvings, Swiss cheese and Swiss army knives.
Many shops remain close on Monday, so shopping should be avoided on that day. Since service charge is
applied on all services, so tipping is an issue of free-will. 7.6% VAT is charged on all purchases made in
Switzerland, which can be reclaimed later by asking for a global refund check, if the purchase crosses
400 CHF.

Electricity

The standard current used is 230 volts (AC) and 50 Hz.

Getting There

Swiss airline is the national airline of Switzerland, which connects to 71 destinations all over the world.
Zurich is the most popular airport, located at a distance of 11km from the city. Every 15 minutes, trains
shuttles passengers to their destination. Fly-Rail Luggage ticket can be bought if the passengers want to
collect their luggage at the railways station rather than the airport.

While leaving Switzerland, Fly Rail Baggage service can be availed that enables passenger to check-in
their luggage at the railway station itself. Other facilities provided here are duty free shops, banks,
restaurants and car hire. Check out Geneva, Basle and Bern airport for offers.
Since weather conditions are worst during the winters, train is an efficient and cheaper option. They are
also great if one wants to enjoy the scenic beauty of Switzerland. Swiss Pass can be purchased to visit
most of the tourist attractions in Switzerland.

High quality roads are maintained here. Roads connect to Austria, Germany, Italy and France. But in
winters things can get worse, so it is better to carry chains and snow tires. Cars should be kept to the
right.

Duty Free Items

a) Visitors from European countries

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco

2 liter of alcohol (up to 15 per cent) and 1liter of alcohol (over 15 per cent)

(b) Visitors from non-European countries

400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500g of tobacco

2liter of alcohol (up to 15 per cent) and 1liter of alcohol (over 15 per cent)

Meat items, narcotics and absinthe are strictly not permitted. Other items that come under the
prohibited items list are firearms and animals.

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