With the help of an experienced travel guide planning your Swiss vacation, Switzerland is an exhilarating place. The diversity of the landlocked, mountainous country is the essence of Switzerland and gives the country its unique identity. Along with its attractiveness as one of Europe’s main tourist destinations, it is best known for its financial institutions, fine cheeses, and chocolate, the watchmaking industry, for its scenery and an excellent network of public transportation.
The renowned Swiss obsessiveness with cleanliness, punctuality and hard work, coupled with the highest standard of living in Europe, make Switzerland one of the most desirable and least problematic of countries in which to travel. The tourist infrastructure is highly developed, and the Swiss themselves are unfailingly courteous and proud of the beauty of Switzerland. You will leave with lasting memories of a great Switzerland vacation. Most Swiss speak English, and at least one of the other Swiss languages – French, German, Italian, or, in the extreme southeast, Romansch.
Switzerland’s lakes are the best ones to swim in and you have plenty to choose from. With an area of 580.03 km2 (224 sq mi), Lake Geneva is the largest lake in Switzerland. It is shared with France (40.47% is within French territory) where it’s known as Lac Léman. The largest lake completely within Switzerland is Lake Neuchâtel with a surface area of 218.3 km2 (84 sq mi). For the most part, the freshwater is so clear that you can drink out of rivers and lakes. Only if you cannot see the bottom of a lake is it considered dirty.
Lowest Crime Rates
Amongst industrialized nations, Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership. However, that does not necessarily have to lead to more crime; Switzerland has nearly half the gun-related deaths the United States has. Switzerland actually has one of the lowest crime rates of all industrialized countries.
25% of the Population Is Foreign
As stated by swissinfo.ch, Switzerland has one of the highest proportions of internationals among all nations, about 24.6% in 2015. More than 80% of the foreigners living in Switzerland are from European countries and almost half of them come just from France, Germany, Italy, Portugal. With 19 entries per 1000 inhabitants on average in 2014, Switzerland is leading the European immigration countries, far ahead of Germany, UK, Spain, and France.
One of the Countries with the Highest Quality of Life
Switzerland may have some of the most expensive cities in the world to live in, but its citizens get value for money. According to the Social Progress Report, “medical”, “nutritional” and “access to basic knowledge” is where the country shines. Its index is 88.87 out of 100.
They Have Four National Languages
Their four national languages are French (20.4%), German (64%), Italian (6.5%), and Romansh (just a little over 1%). So you can feel comfortable as a foreign visitor or resident since it’s perfectly acceptable to not understand what someone says to you because the Swiss don’t understand the Swiss anyway.
Aging—Life Expectancy Is High
In the 1950s the median age was 33 years old, but it’s growing every year. In 2015, the median age of Switzerland’s population was 42.2 years. On the other hand, Switzerland claims the highest percentage of people over 100 in Europe and has the second-highest life expectancy after Japan. Of course, they’re going to live long having in mind the cleanliness of the air, the abundance of walking trails, and the availability of high-quality health care.
Less than 15% of the Alps Are Actually Swiss
The Swiss Alps are the highlight of any tour to Switzerland. Even though less than 15% of the Alps lie within Switzerland, it’s the country that people most closely associate with the Alps.
Low Unemployment Rates
In 2017 statistics, Switzerland’s unemployment rate amounted to around only 4.8%. This low number is due to its fairly prosperous and stable economy. ‘The majority of employed workers in the country possess a relatively high level of education and are specialized, which essentially allows for the country to offer high-end jobs with higher wages, and often guarantees a higher level of productivity and efficiency.’
Highest Salary and Job Security
As a result of its economic stability, based on an OECD publication, Swiss adults have on average the most amount of money compared to the average amount around the world, beating out countries such as the U.S. Switzerland has the third-highest salary and job security out of all OECD countries.
Switzerland Has 208 Mountains and the Highest Peaks in Europe
Switzerland is home to numerous mountains over 3,000 meters high. A beautiful experience for in-shape hikers is the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route, a 12-day classic Alpine trek that will bring you straight to the well-recognized Matterhorn. Switzerland has more high peaks than any other country in Europe with 48 that are above 4000 meters.
Place of Watches
You probably know this one too, but here’s the story behind the watches we use and love… When Calvinists banned jewelry from use in 1541, goldsmiths and jewelers in Geneva brainstormed the invention of watches, since a functional timepiece was acceptable. Since then, it has proven to be one of the most successful industries of the country, reaching the present status as Switzerland’s fourth-largest exporter.
They Make & Eat a Lot of Chocolate
It’s no wonder Switzerland is known internationally for its high-quality chocolate, but do you know just how much chocolate is made and consumed there? Approximately 180,000 tons of chocolate is made, and about 11 kilos of chocolate per person are eaten per year. there is even have a chocolate train!
Switzerland is one of the world leaders in recycling and waste management. The Swiss successfully separate and recycle organic and recyclable waste whilst converting the rest to energy. Moreover, Switzerland provides nearly all CO2-friendly electricity to its citizens. As FDFA reports, since 2011, Switzerland has commenced an energy transition process (“Energy Strategy 2050”), aiming to phase out of nuclear power step-by-step.
Birthplace of the Red Cross
You might’ve not known but Switzerland’s flag resemblance with The Red Cross is not a coincidence. Its flag is simply a color-switching of the Flag of Switzerland, showing proud Swiss roots. The Red Cross has 97 million volunteers and was founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland where its headquarters still remain today.
Switzerland’s Gotthard Tunnel Is the Longest in the World
Switzerland’s Gotthard tunnel is the longest in the world measuring 57km in length (it is 7km longer than the Channel Tunnel between England and France). It took 17 years to complete it.
It’s Home to Einstein’s Most Famous Formula
Albert Einstein developed his famous formula for Mass–energy equivalence E=MC2 in Switzerland. He developed his theory of relativity while studying and living in Bern, after renouncing his German citizenship to avoid military duty.
Europe’s Highest Railway Station in Switzerland
The highest railway station in Europe is in Switzerland, on top of the Jungfraujoch at 3454 meters.
There Is a Hot-Air Balloon Festival
Each January, a colorful nine-day-long hot air balloon festival takes place in the Château-d’Oex in the Vaud Alps. It started in 1979, and every year this festival includes kid’s day where balloons are in the shape of cartoon characters, hot air balloon rides, and a nighttime show.
Home of Heidiland
You can actually visit the wine village Maienfeld to experience the infamous Heidi Myth. This region has been asocial ted with Heidiland since 1881 when author Johanna Spyri published novels “Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning” and “Heidi: How She Used What She Learned.” This vacation region has hiking and skiing trails for those who seek adventure.
The Tallest Gravity Dam Is Located in the Swiss Alps
With a height of 285m and with a total weight of 15 million tonnes, The Grande Dixence is the world’s highest gravity dam. It collects melting water from the surrounding glaciers and can hold up to 400 billion liters of water. This dam took 10+ years to construct and it is heavier than the great pyramid of Egypt.
Sundays Are “Sacred”
Sundays in Switzerland mean no mowing the lawn, no laundry hanging outside, no hammering, or anything that neighbors can hear, see or overall disturb the peace. It is frowned upon to work on Sundays, so just commit to being lazy, lock the doors, and read a book or spend a quiet day with friends and family.