Switzerland Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

Switzerland Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

Switzerland is a unique destinations with a diversity of history, culture and geography. This is a very outdoors destination where you can go skiing in the Alps, or in summer you could go hiking or walking. View our comprehensive travel and backpacking guide with tips, ideas for the best things to see and do and information about itineraries, costs, how to save money, and more!

 
 

Activities & Things to Do in Switzerland

Travel to Switzerland

Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.

Get inspired to visit Switzerland today!

  • Capital City: Berne
  • Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)
  • Population: 7,950,000 (approx)
  • Language: Swiss, German, French, Italian
  • Dailing Code: +41
  • Country Size: 41,285 km²

 

How to Get to Switzerland

Switzerland is centrally located in Europe which makes getting here very easy. Most people fly but you can also cross via road and rail.

 

Top Reasons to Visit Switzerland

  • Spectacular scenery
  • One of the best quality of living in the world
  • Interesting cities
  • So much to see and do all year round

 

Best Places to Visit in Switzerland

Here are some of the best destinations and tourist attractions you should add to your Switzerland travel itinerary:

  • Zurich 
  • St. Moritz
  • Bern
  • Lake Lugano and Ticino
  • The Rhine Falls
  • Swiss National Park
  • The Matterhorn
  • Jungfraujoch
  • Interlaken
  • Lucerne
  • Lake Geneva
  • Chateau de Chillon, Montreux

 

Language

There are lots of different national languages of Switzerland with the main being both German and French. In the South of the country some people also speak Italian and Romansh - this is a derive of Latin. Most local people are bilingual and learning some basic French / German phrases will not only help you to get by, but it will dramatically increase your chances of gaining employment. We recommend buying a phrase book, learning on line or taking lessons. You might be surprised to know not that many people speak English if you leave the main cities / tourist areas of the country.