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Switzerland Travel Guide

Switzerland is a land of alpine pastures, high mountains, and serene lakes. We fell in love with Switzerland from the moment we crossed the German border. And while we’ve collectively only spent time in Appenzellerland and the Rätikon Alps, we can’t wait to explore more of this alpine country in the future.

Getting Around Switzerland

If you’re driving in Switzerland and intend on taking the highways (Autobahnen), make sure to buy a “Swiss motorway sticker” or “vignette” for 40 CHF (approx. 41 USD). It is valid for the whole year. Unlike Austria, there are no 10 day or shorter period options. In Switzerland, the “vignette” can be purchased in petrol stations, post offices, garages, TCS outlets, as well as from the road traffic authorities. More info: here.

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Switzerland Travel Guide Overview

  • Switzerland Travel Basics
  • Where to Go (Interactive Map)
  • What to Experience in Switzerland
  • What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland
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Switzerland Travel Basics

Official Name: Swiss Confederation. Confoederatio Helvetica is also a name for Switzerland, hence the abbreviation CH.

Capital: Bern

Government: Federal Republic 

Regions: Switzerland is divided into 26 Cantons

Population: 8.4 Million 

Language: German, French, Italian and Romansh

Currency: Swiss Franc

Tipping Etiquette: Tipping isn’t obligatory. There’s a service charge automatically included in all published prices. 

Water Quality: Excellent 

Something Interesting:  Dog owners must pay an annual tax for owning a dog. 

 

Where to Go in Switzerland

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Swiss Saying

You can steal horses with him / her.

(You can depend on someone in all situations)

What to Experience in Switzerland

Our favorite things to see and do
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Saxer Lücke, Alpstein

Hiking the Alpstein in the Swiss Alps

Alpstein is a mountain range in the Appenzell region of Switzerland. The hiking here is accessible and incredibly rewarding. Trails meander through alpine dairy farms and around lakes. Bell-wearing cattle and goats roam around the alp freely. That particular bell chorus sound is what makes hiking here so special.

A few hikes to consider are:

  • Seealpsee (lake)
  • Äscher (mountain inn)
  • Saxer Lücke (mountain pass)
  • Fählensee (lake) and Bolenwees (mountain inn)

For more details on these hikes, read our Appenzellerland Travel Guide

 

What to Eat & Drink in Switzerland

Appenzeller Cheese – regional cheese with a distinct bold and spicy taste.

 

Rösti – hash browns. You can order Rösti with eggs, Appenzeller cheese (recommended), and bacon.

 
Prättigauer Höhenweg, Rätikon Circuit, Switzerland

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