Switzerland is a small European country completely surrounded by 4 countries including Italy, France, Germany and Austria. The nearest larger bodies of water are the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas off of Italy. Switzerland is home to 7.3 million people and is famous for its pristine natural settings, including the Alps, great skiing, quaint towns, chocolate, watches and political isolation! The mostly mountainous terrain is interspersed with rolling hills, plains and large lakes. The temperature is mostly moderate but varies according to the altitude. Winters are usually rainy or snowy and summers are cool to warm and humid with occasional showers. Switzerland enjoys a strong economy, low unemployment, an advanced health care structure and a high literacy rate.
Country Map of Switzerland
Here's a clever trip tip: Buy your street and highway maps for Switzerland before you depart. With a map, atlas, street guide or excursion guide in hand, you'll be able to know where you're going before you get there! Rather than spending precious vacation time hunting down a store that sells maps and then trying to figure out where things are, we think Trektools can get your Swiss vacation off on the right foot. They've got more maps than you could possibly find at most Swiss bookstores and you won't have to start your trip by being lost.
Speaking of planning ahead, you can't beat the convenience and security of having a cellular phone for Switzerland with an Swiss phone number. Imagine having the benefits of local cellular service such as low rates and unlimited free incoming calls from anywhere in the world—any time of day or night—just like one of the locals! Cellular Abroad offers prepaid rental phones for Switzerland as well as our Talk Abroad rental—a prepaid international roaming phone—good for use on multi-country trips. (The Talk Abroad™ offers free incoming calls in over 99 countries!) You can also purchase an Switzerland phone and SIM card package for better value on long trips (or if you or a friend are frequent overseas travellers). Of course, you can also buy a Talk Abroad™ international roaming phone and SIM card bundles. Finally, if you already own an unlocked GSM world phone, you can pick up an Switzerland SIM card or Talk Abroad SIM. Either way, you'll be able to give out a European number to friends, family and colleagues back home before you leave. To learn more about GSM phones, prepaid SIM cards and how they can both save you a lot of money and keep you connected while you're abroad, go to our Start Here page or check out our FAQs.
For more Switzerland trip-planning resources, visit our Switzerland hotels, Switzerland car rentals and Switzerland Cellular Information pages. Here is a Euro to US Dollar converter.