Top events in Switzerland


Fête de l'Escalade comprises of a traditional weekend festival and a race ('Course de l'Escalade') through the streets of Old Geneva in which...


Each December, some 10,000 runners don their winter warmers to take on a course through the streets of Zurich's Old Town. The roads are closed to...


The new year is heralded by parties and fireworks by the lake in Switzerland's largest New Year's Eve party.

Swiss Alps in summer
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Swiss Alps in summer

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Switzerland Travel Guide

Key Facts

41,284 sq km (15,940 sq miles).


8 million (2013).

Population density

193.7 per sq km.




Federal Republic since 1848.

Head of state

President Didier Burkhalter since 2014.

Head of government

President Didier Burkhalter since 2014.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. Standard European round two-pin plugs and Swiss three-pin plugs are used.

Mixing expansive greenery, slick cities and buckets of fresh air, Switzerland is a stylish tourist destination offering countless outdoor adventures and contemporary urban breaks.

Top ski resorts in Switzerland include Zermatt, Verbier and celebrity-studded St Moritz, while white-capped mountain peaks set against blue skies make a wonderful backdrop for summertime hiking.

The ancient capital Berne provides superb opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and traditional folk entertainment, while Zurich leads the way in arts, design and nightlife; from opera and world-class theatre to stylish bars and nightclubs.

Small, mountainous and wealthy, Switzerland is renowned for its enviable quality of life in a country that ticks along like clockwork. Its products are coveted the world over, from delicious cheese and chocolate to luxurious watches whose timekeeping is as sharp as a Swiss Army Knife; another popular export from this sophisticated Alpine nation.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 27 November 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

Heavy rainfall has led to flooding in some parts of the country. Authorities have warned of the continued risk of landslides near river banks. Before travelling, please check the local weather forecast for latest information, including any possible dangerous weather conditions or flooding.

There has been an increase in reports of theft especially in larger cities, at Geneva airport and on trains to/from Geneva.

There is a danger of avalanches at certain times of the year. Take care and observe all written notices and warnings.

There is a low threat from terrorism.

698,375 British nationals visited Switzerland in 2013. Most visits are trouble-free.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

The official website of Switzerland tourism provides useful information for travellers in a wheelchair or with impaired mobility.