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Switzerland Holidays,  Switzerland Holiday Packages Overview

With snow-capped Alps, forested hills, fairytale castles, Renaissance cathedrals, shimmering lakes, stylish spas and luxury ski resorts - it's easy to see why Switzerland has been one of the world's top tourist destinations for the past two centuries.

 

It is the country that fashioned tourism, so it's no surprise that Switzerland caters to visitors all year round. In spring and summer it offers lakeside chalets, mountain trails and spa resorts. In the sunny southern region of Ticino, near the Italian border, visitors will find palm-fringed Riviera-style resorts offering a host of water sports. Those keen on hiking and mountaineering will find over 31,000 miles (50,000km) of mountain and forest trails throughout the country.

 

In November the country's ski resorts begin opening, and visitors pour in throughout the Christmas season and until the snow begins to melt with the onset of spring. With the highest pistes in Europe, Switzerland's ski runs offer reliable snow and breathtaking views. Most resorts also have plenty to do for those not so keen on skiing, making Switzerland the perfect destination for a winter fantasy of log fires, fondues and glistening snow.

 

Switzerland's cities are pristine and beautifully laid out with famous Swiss precision. Zurich is widely held to be the intellectual and artistic centre of the country, sporting incredible architecture and more than a thousand fountains, with many museums and galleries. Geneva is the principal city for the international community, and is home to hundreds of world organisations. Its setting on the shores of Lake Geneva give it a romantic atmosphere, and the city has an exciting, if rather expensive, nightlife.

 

Tourist Offices - Swiss Tourist Office: +41 (0)1 288 1111 (Zurich) or www.myswitzerland.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Travellers must have all documents necessary for their next destination and passports or passport replacing documents must be valid at least 3 months beyond period of stay.


- For Australians - Australian passport holders require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for stays of up to three months.


- New Zealand nationals require a valid passport, but no visa is necessary for a stay of up to three months.


- US passport holders require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for stays of up to three months.


- US passport holders require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for stays of up to three months.


- UK passport holders require a valid passport, but a visa is not necessary for stays of up to three months.

 

Switzerland Holidays - Currency of Switzerland

 

The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100 centimes. Although not part of the EU many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports. Banks are open Monday to Friday.

 

Switzerland Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international country dialling code for Switzerland is +41. The outgoing code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use e.g. (0)22 for Geneva. Mobile phone GSM 1800 and 900 networks operate throughout the country. Visitors who wish to use a prepaid sim card from Swisscom Mobile (NATEL easy) will be required to register with the service provider and produce identification. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts; some public phone booths also have Internet and email access.

 

Switzerland Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Switzerland over 17 years do not have to pay duty on the following items: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 2 litres alcohol up to 15% and 1 litre alcohol over 15%. The maximum allowance of wine is 20 litres, but duty will be payable on this quantity. A reasonable amount of personal effects and gifts (including perfume) to the value of Sfr 200 for residents of Switzerland and Sfr 100 for other travellers. Restricted items include meat and meat products from selected countries. Prohibited items include firearms and ammunition without prior permission for regional police departments; also prohibited are absinth and anaesthetics.

 

Switzerland Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A 15% service charge is normally included in all hotel, taxi, bar and restaurant bills, and further tipping is not necessary, but is appreciated for outstanding service.

 

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