Switzerland Travel Tips: 10 Things to Know Before You Go to Switzerland

Things you need to know before you travel to Switzerland. After you watch this video you’ll be well prepared for a vacation or work trip to Switzerland. EXPAND DESCRIPTION FOR FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Switzerland has 4 official languages – German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Zurich and Lucerne Speak German. Geneva speaks French. The South of Switzerland speaks Italian. But the good news for you as a tourist is almost everybody speaks English too.

2. Hours in Switzerland
– Switzerland is an early country
– Cafes open early
– Stores close early
– Some cities know a thing called – “evening shopping” literally translated. Shops are open until 21:00 (9 PM) on one evening per week – in Zürich, this happens on Thursday.
– And nearly everything is closed on Sunday (except the trains and shops in train stations)
3. Transportation in Switzerland
– Really good public transit
– Always on time
– Swiss Pass
– Download the SBB App
– Second Class is pretty good
4. Money in Switzerland
– They don’t use the EUR, they use the Swiss Franc (CHF) but you can exchange Euro at any bank, airport, and most railway stations. ATMs are known as “Bancomats”
5. Switzerland is Expensive
– Yes, what you’ve heard about Switzerland being expensive is right. It is.
– Pizza $30
– Mcdonalds $15
– Minimum wage of $25 an hour
6. Swiss Food
– Eat the chocolate and cheese
– Drink the milk
– All things Dairy
– lunch specials 10-19 CHF.
– Ethnic Restaurants like Chinese, Middle Eastern, Indian, or Thai for the best deals (and closer to 10 CHF).
– Don’t be late for a dinner reservation — after 15 minutes you should forget you even had it
7. Switzerland is Small
– Population of 8 Million
– 1/10 the size of California
– But many mountains so travel is slow
– Geneva to Zurich Driving is 3 hours
8. Weather
– Quite varied because of the Alps
– In the West it’s windy and wet because of the Atlantic Ocean
– South is significantly warmer
– Summer can be up to 35C or 95F — zero degrees depends on elevation, between 2000 Meters and 4000 Meters.
– Each Mountain has it’s own website — check the mountain website to decide whether to go or not
– High elevation so wear sunscreen
9. Water
– Skip the bottled water — drink the tap water
– Fountains on almost every corner
10. Recycling
– 8 different trash cans at a supermarket


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  1. Zeughaus.
    Hint: In german, the "Z" is pronounced as a sharp "ts".
    The word means arsenal. So it's the warehouse where the local army unit stored its weapons and other equipment. From the looks of it, I'm guessing 19th century.
    btw. "Zeug" literaly means "stuff" today. But back in "ye olde days" its meaning was closer to "gear/equipment" and "Haus" means- you guessed it – "house" (it's even pronounced the same way). So, it's a house to house your stuff…
    Also: Yea, ACs are still not too common in switzerland. The reason is, that our buildings are traditonaly designed to use passive air conditioning.
    With both exterior and interior walls build form solid brick, the building's structure itself will act as a heat sink. Absorbing heat during the day and releasing it over night.
    It works, as long as the ambient temprature drops below room temprature during the night.

  2. I live there! Like if you like there too! And ITS ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!! Gg :3 im french. And i like mah comment XD

    proff Im SWISS(i forgot How TO say in English)

    salut! Je suis sofia.j’ai 10 ans et je vais encore a l’ecole.j’ai bocoup de amis et vous aves dis tout just! Bravo. Pardon j’ai un problem de fançais,ces comme tu SAId pas bien écrir le français mais tu et français ok ok je ARRET pardon XD

  3. Switzerland is a big shit country with many,many asshole poeple, when you parking your car wrong, a neighbour will fast call the police, because they are really shitbrains.The goverment fuck poor poeple, till they own nothing, and then they destroy you psychological. At the end, a nice human is just a peace of trash. Too much gangsters from other countries sitting here and cooperate with the corrupt goverment.Money money is the most important thing here, not humanity.

  4. Hi,I am from india.
    Will you help me,I want the details of types of jobs,minimum wage or salary,minimum cost of living method.the best place for stay,study,job,etc…

  5. I‘m Swiss and thanks for the video. I can agree on almost everything you said, well done. Next time, try out less touristy restaurants, they are mostly better and cheaper… and in summer, dine outside. Besides, it can get very hot in summer, but I don‘t think it is normally very humid, mostly only directly after a rainfall in summer. But hey, if it is too hot, there is always a river or lake nearby to take swim… and they are all clean.

  6. Aaaaand you can get 1 1/2 liters of water for 0.5chf in the migros, just search and find the cheap, they always try to show you the expensive things but if you search you will find the cheaper items <3

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