The climate is moderate with no excessive heat, cold or humidity.
From July to August the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° – 82° F) and from January to February the range is -2 to 7 °C (28° – 45° F). In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° – 59° F).
Depending on the altitude the temperature range may vary. It is highly recommended to visitors to pack a sweater, good walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, a compact umbrella and/or a light rain coat.
The seasons are clearly distinguishable. In autumn (September to November), the fruit ripens and the leaves of deciduous trees change colour.
The winters were formerly generally cold and snowy, but now freezing temperatures and snow are no longer the rule, especially in the lowlands. Nowadays, many ski resorts could hardly survive without artificial snow.
In spring (March to May) the trees blossom and the meadows turn green. Sometimes in April the winter returns for a short period and sometimes there are summer conditions as early as May.
Summer temperatures rise to 25 to 30°C, with temperatures exceeding the 30°C mark during hot summers.
German, French, Italian & Romansh
The Swiss value cleanliness, honesty, hard work, and material possessions. Motto: “Unity, yes; Uniformity, no.” They are very proud of their environment and have a long tradition of freedom. They value sobriety, thrift, tolerance, punctuality and a sense of responsibility. They are very proud of their neutrality and promotion of worldwide peace. The Swiss have a deep-rooted respect for saving and the material wealth it brings.
Meeting and Greeting
Shake hands with everyone present — men, women, and children — at business or social meetings. Shake hands again when leaving. Handshakes are firm with eye contact. Allow the hosts to introduce you at parties.
Use last names and appropriate titles until specifically invited by your Swiss hosts or colleagues to use their first names. Academic and professional titles are used frequently. First names are reserved for very close friends and family.
Poor posture is frowned upon. Do not stretch or slouch in public. Do not point your index finger to your head. This is an insult. Body language varies from region to region in Switzerland.
The Swiss take punctuality for business and social meetings very seriously and expect that you will do likewise. Call with an explanation if you will be delayed. Business cards in English are acceptable. Hand your business card to the receptionist upon arrival for a meeting. Give a card to each person you meet subsequently. Generally, English is spoken in business with foreigners. Inquire beforehand to determine if an interpreter is needed.
Business climate is very conservative. Meetings are generally impersonal, brisk, orderly, planned and task oriented.
The Swiss tend to get right down to business after a few minutes of general discussion. Presentations and reports should be orderly, well-prepared, thorough and detailed. The Swiss are fair bargainers but not hagglers. Discussions are detailed, cautious, and often pessimistic. Decisions are made methodically. It is not acceptable to call a Swiss businessperson at home unless there is an emergency.
Dining and Entertainment
In the German parts of Switzerland, beckon a waiter by saying Herr Ober, and a waitress by saying Fräulein. It is considered rude to wave your hand. Business luncheons are more common than business breakfasts. Business entertainment is almost always done in a restaurant. Spouses are generally included in business dinners. The host proposes the first toast. Don’t drink until after the toast is proposed.
Keep your hands on the table at all times during a meal — not in your lap. However, keep your elbows off the table. Cut potatoes, soft foods and salads with a fork, not a knife. Use eating utensils at all times, including to eat fruit. Break bread with your hands if possible. Do not use a knife. If salt and pepper are not on the table, don’t ask for them. Don’t smoke at the dinner table. Wait, watch and ask permission before smoking. Sample everything offered to you. Try to finish everything on your plate when dining in someone’s home. It is impolite to leave food on your plate. When you are finished eating, place knife and fork side by side on the plate at the 5:25 position. Leave a party no later than midnight. It is considered impolite to ask for a tour of your hosts’ home. If your hosts want to give a tour of their home, they will offer.
Appearance should always be clean and neat. The Swiss are known for conservative and neat attire.
Overly casual or sloppy attire is not appreciated.
For business meetings, men should wear suits and ties; women should wear suits or dresses.
Gifts are normally not exchanged at business meetings, but small gifts may be appropriate at the successful conclusion of negotiations. Be prepared to give a gift in case you are given one. A gift with your company logo is acceptable. Give books, desk attire, whisky, cognac, good bourbon, or wine. Do not give anything sharp. When invited to someone’s home, always bring a small gift for the hostess and a small gift for children. Give candy (good quality), pralines, flowers (unwrap before presenting, odd number), pastries. Do not bring large or expensive gifts. This is considered vulgar and makes receiver uncomfortable. Don’t give red roses or carnations (these imply romance). White chrysanthemums and white asters are for funerals only. It is polite to send flowers to the hostess before a large party or the next day with a thank you note.
Be punctual. Show great respect for elderly. Don’t litter (you will be scolded publicly). Don’t chew gum or clean your fingernails in public. Refrain from putting your hands in your pockets while talking with people. Never put your feet on a desk, chair or table.
Especially for Women
More women are becoming more and more involved in business and public life in Switzerland, though the banking and finance industries continue to be dominated by men. Foreign businesswomen will be treated fairly and professionally in Switzerland. Many Swiss businessmen would be embarrassed if a foreign businesswoman invited them to dinner. Swiss men are very conservative and still expect to pay for a meal. If possible, a foreign businesswoman should invite a Swiss businessman to lunch rather than dinner.
|FAMOUS FOOD OF SWITZERLAND||INDIAN CUISINE|
|Hotel Maro,Wasserfallstrasse 6,Engelberg- CH-6390,Engelberg|
|Baselstrasse 31,Luzern- 6003|
|Hofackestresse – 6,Butschwil- CH- 9606|
|Freyastrasse 3, By Bahnhof ,Wiedikon,Zurich- 8004|
|Badenerstrasse 505 (opposite Letzigrund station),Zurich- 8048|
|Thursday||1-Jan||New Years Day||Neujahrstag|
|Friday||2-Jan||Berchtolds Day||Aargau, Bern, Fribourg, Glarus, Jura, Lucerne, Neuchâtel, Obwalden, Schaffhausen, Solothurn, Thurgau, Vaud, Zug, Zurich|
|Tuesday||6-Jan||Epiphany||Graubünden, Lucerne, Schwyz, Ticino, Uri|
|Sunday||1-Mar||Republic Day||Neuchâtel only. In 1848, Neuchâtel declared itself a republic and part of Switzerland|
|Thursday||19-Mar||St Josephs Day||Graubünden, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, Ticino, Uri, Valais only|
|Friday||3-Apr||Good Friday||Friday before Easter Sunday|
|Monday||6-Apr||Easter Monday||All regions except Ticino. Monday after Easter Sunday|
|Thursday||9-Apr||Näfelser Fahrt||Glarus only|
|Monday||20-Apr||Sechselauten||Afternoon, Zurich only. 3rd Monday in April|
|Sunday||10-May||Mothers Day||2nd Sunday in May. Not a public holiday|
|Thursday||14-May||Ascension Day||40 days after Easter|
|Monday||25-May||Whitmonday||All regions except Valais. Also Known as Pentecost Monday|
|Thursday||4-Jun||Corpus Christi||Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug|
|Sunday||7-Jun||Fathers Day||1st Sunday in June|
|Tuesday||23-Jun||Fête d’Indépendance||Jura only|
|Monday||29-Jun||Saint Peter and Saint Paul||Graubünden, Ticino only|
|Saturday||15-Aug||Assumption Day||Aargau, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg, Jura, Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Zug only|
|Thursday||10-Sep||Jeûne genevois||Geneva only. Thursday after 1st Sunday in September|
|Sunday||20-Sep||Swiss Federal Fast||All regions except Geneva. Third Sunday in September|
|Monday||21-Sep||Knabenschiessen||Afternoon, Zurich only. Third Monday in September|
|Monday||21-Sep||Bettagsmontag||Bern, Neuchâtel, Vaud. Monday after 3rd Sunday in September|
|Friday||25-Sep||Saint Nicholas of Flüe||Obwalden only|
|Tuesday||8-Dec||Immaculate Conception Day||Regional Holiday|
|Saturday||26-Dec||St Stephens Day||Celebrated on 26th December. Except Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud|
|Thursday||31-Dec||Restoration Day||Geneva only. Commemorates the re-establishment of Geneva as a republic in 1813|
LIST OF HOSPITALS
|3 STAR||4 STAR|
|Guesthouse Langstrasse||Ramada Hotel Zürich-City|
|Langstrasse 213, 5. Gewerbeschule – Escher Wyss, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland||Badenerstrasse 537, 9. Albisrieden – Altstetten, 8048 Zürich, Switzerlan|
|Anwand Lodges||Crowne Plaza Zürich|
|Anwandstrasse 10, 4. Aussersihl, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland||Badenerstrasse 420, 4. Aussersihl, 8040 Zürich, Switzerland|
|Hotel Adler||Sheraton Zürich Neues Schloss Hotel|
|Rosengasse 10, Am Hirschenplatz, 1. Zurich Old Town–City Centre, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland||Stockerstrasse 17, 2. Wollishofen-Enge, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland –|
Fairs and expositions
13th International Alpine Symposium.
Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau, Interlaken
13.1.2015 – 14.1.2015
15.1.2015 – 18.1.2015
Holiday an Travel Fair; Berne
15.1.2015 – 18.1.2015
Palais de Beaulieu, Lausanne
15.1.2015 – 18.1.2015
Shedhalle im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld
16.1.2015 – 18.1.2015
8 th China Festival
Park Weggis, Weggis
17.1.2015 – 8.2.2015
Messe Luzern, Luzern
22.1.2015 – 25.1.2015
Brocante de la Gruyère, antiques fair
Espace Gruyère, Bulle
Marché aux spectacles
Médiathèque Valais, Sion
32. Schweizer Fachmesse für Bäckerei-, Konditorei- & Confiseriebedarf
25.1.2015 – 29.1.2015
Art Genève 2015
Palexpo, Le Grand-Saconnex
29.1.2015 – 1.2.2015
30.1.2015 – 1.2.2015
Messe Basel, Basel
6.2.2015 – 15.2.2015
Jagd- und Fischereimesse Chur
Stadthalle Chur, Chur
6.2.2015 – 8.2.2015
Wood Fair – Building and inhabiting
Espace Gruyère, Bulle
8.2.2015 – 10.2.2015
Pelz- und Fellmarkt.
Stadt Thun, Thun
13.2.2015 – 14.2.2015
Messe Basel, Basel
13.2.2015 – 15.2.2015
Exposition Canine Internationale
Forum Fribourg, Granges-Paccot
14.2.2015 – 15.2.2015
18.2.2015 – 22.2.2015
Foire à La Brocante
CERM Centre d’Expositions et de Réunions, Martigny
10. Schweizer Planertag 2015
Kongresshaus Zürich, Zürich
CIS Sportcenter, Solothurn
Bourse aux vieux jouets
Halle des Fêtes, Payerne
Brocante : la jolie brocante de Boudry
Salle de spectacles, Boudry
28.2.2015 – 1.3.2015
Eulachhallen Winterthur, Winterthur
5.3.2015 – 8.3.2015
Red Dot in Basel
Various locations, Basel
7.3.2015 – 28.3.2015
Giardina – Leben im Garten
Messe Zürich, Zürich
11.3.2015 – 15.3.2015
The Jungfrau Region
The Jungfrau Region offers spectacular scenery to bewitch the eye. The white peaks of three towering mountains – the Jungfrau, Monch, and Eiger – contrast with the green valleys and meadows in this Alpine wonderland. Enjoy the fresh mountain air while visiting this place.
Chateau de Chillon, Montreux
The town of Montreux is located in the heart of the Swiss Riviera on the shores of Lake Geneva. Walk by the lakeside and explore the Chillon Castle, or take a tour of the tower, courtyards, dungeons, and rooms of this 11th-century castle. It’s the most frequently visited historical building in Switzerland, where its numerous rooms house weaponry, frescoes, and furniture. The castle can be reached by walking along the lakefront or taking the train or trolley bus.
Swiss National Park, Zernez
The Swiss Natural Park is 169 square kilometres of mountains and woodland. It is home to a variety of wildlife such as large red deer, chamois, ibexes, and marmots. Walk around its trails and admire its breathtaking views.
Fasnacht Spring Carnival, Basel
Be sure to visit Basel, Switzerland’s second largest city for the Fasnacht Spring carnival. Its world-famous three-day carnival features participants in colourful costumes and masks parading in the streets. The carnival starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday, and cafes and bars are open all night as confetti, sweets, and flowers are thrown to the crowd.
Hugging the shores of lovely Lake Geneva, this city is the third biggest in the country. You can find the world’s tallest fountain, enchanting museums, and fine restaurants here. For those with a turn towards alternative arts, Geneva is a place not to be missed.
The Matterhorn, Zermatt
The most famous peak in the Alps, the Matterhorn in Zermatt, stands 4,478 meters high. Mountaineers flock to this town to conquer this technically difficult peak, and Zermatt also offers skiing and beautiful views. There are also non-skiing activities, good restaurants and lots of energetic nightlife for visitors to enjoy.
A famous playground of the wealthy, St. Moritz is a winter resort which offers skiing and a variety of summer and winter sports, as well as mud and mineral baths and mud therapies. Savour caviar and truffles in some of the resorts’ fine restaurants, or take a spa treatment at the Health Spa Centre. This town is also known for its active and expensive nightlife.
Near the lakeside city of Lucerne stands Mt. Pilatus, a 2,120-metre-tall mountain. Tourists can take a cable car to reach its top and enjoy the thrilling view. It is also a great venue for walking with numerous trails, and visitors here can witness the spectacular scenery of the Swiss Alps.
An Irish monk founded St. Gallen in 612 AD. What was once a medieval centre has now grown into the seventh largest city in Switzerland, and this old town has a lot of picturesque buildings, with carved balconies, colourful murals, and relief statues. The large twin-towered cathedral has remarkable ceiling frescoes and stucco designs.
The Rhine Falls
Situated near the town of Schaffhausen, Europe’s largest waterfall is a magnificent natural wonder. Near the falls is the medieval castle, Schoss Laufen, which houses a restaurant, a youth hostel, and shops. On Swiss National Day, 1 August, the Rhine Falls is host to fantastic display of fireworks which attracts thousands of tourists.
India is 4 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Switzerland
Official Currency ” Swiss Franc”
The best time to visit Switzerland depends upon what’s on your to-do list. Switzerland has a pleasant climate with the peaks of the Alps being snow covered while the lowlands and plains enjoy a temperate climate all through the year.
If you are into adventure sports then the ideal time to visit Switzerland is during the winter which starts from late December and goes on to March. It is in this season that you can enjoy snow sports like skiing, snow-boarding and ice-skating at ski resorts like Gstaad and St Moritz as also the little known but very beautiful Val d’Anniviers, located in the French-speaking Switzerland. The best time to visit Switzerland for sightseeing and to experience the scenic beauty and varying colours is the summer season (June to September) as the mountain passes are open and you can see the most picturesque and panoramic views at this time of the year. This is also the peak tourist time, so it gets quite crowded. During summer there are a lot of international and local events held which are mostly themed on sports, music and art. One of the well known festivals is the Lucerne Music Festival which last the entire summer. The temperature in summer hardly rises above 26 degrees Celsius, the humidity is low and the air is clear.
Autumn is a good time for hiking in the Swiss Alps as the view from the mountain peaks can take your breath away. The temperature starts to fall around this time of the year and the air gets cooler. May and October are the shoulder months when you will find good hotel bargains as this is time the tourists flow falls considerably.
Good options to save on food -grocery stores including Volg (in small villages), Denner, Migros, Coop, Aldi and bakeries.
Take out or sit down (buffet style) -Coop, Migros, Manor, and Jelmoli are great alternatives to conventional restaurants. They also have the cheapest bottled water.
Fill your water bottle at any fountain, or with tab water from your hotel. We have the cleanest drinking water and it is not treated with chlorine. In the odd occasion when water is not drinkable, it’s clearly marked. If you have to buy water, stick to grocery stores, not Hotels, Kiosk at train and gas stations.
If you travel by train, pack a snack or lunch. Food and Drink in trains are expensive. Also, mountain top restaurants are on the pricey side – everything has to be hauled up and that adds to the overall cost. Bring your own “Spiislätä” (Swiss German for picnic). Make your own sandwiches by buying freshly backed bread at the local bakery or any grocery store .
For chocoholics -Denner is a great place to get the lowest price for chocolate, but so are Migros (has its own brand) and Coop.
Using a toilet especially in large train stations where they offer showers as well can be expensive. While it is a good place if you need a shower, using the toilet only is cheaper a little outside. Keep some change in your pocket though, because it’s not always free either. Toilets are still free in most mid sized and smaller train stations. You can use toilets for free in department stores and supermarkets such as Migros, Coop, Jelmoli, Globus, Loeb, Manor and so on.
Ask for a GuestCard if you stay longer than two or three nights. Often, city transportation is free and you get discounts on shopping and some city tours are even for free or a small fee.
Rent a bike for free in Zürich, Lucerne, Lausanne and Geneva (deposit applies).
Buy a travel pass – Since one of your biggest expenses is long distance travel, don’t let pricey airline tickets cut into your budget. Travel passes can save you a ton of money. Consider traveling by bus, boat or train or lift to get you where you need to go and save money in the end.
Skip the cable cars – Although it’s a fun, entertaining and great way to see parts of the country, it’s also one of the most expensive ways to tour.
Limit your time on the slopes –Although you should indulge in some skiing or snowboarding (after all you’re in one of the best places in the world for it), just be careful not to make it a daily habit, or you’ll be spending your money quickly. Take a day or two to indulge in their ski resorts, and then get back to budgeting by cooking for yourself during the week and taking advantage of weekday museum prices and low-cost public transportation.
Book your trains early –While a train ride is a cheaper way to travel than the plane, you can get even cheaper rates by booking your train ticket early.
Don’t eat out –Restaurants are expensive here and will destroy your daily budget from the second you step foot in the country. Cook as much as you can or buy pre-made meals from grocery stores. Switzerland isn’t known for its food anyways.
Couchsurfing –Using Couchsurfing or any other hospitality exchange will be critical if you are on a tight budget. With accommodation costing so much money, if you hope to stay on a budget here, you will need to avoid paying for a room. You can find a lot of hosts in Switzerland.
Switzerland Travel Dont’s
Do not speak loudly in public, especially on a cell phone. Nor make big noise, or joking loudly. As a rule Swiss do not like noise and dislike others make jokes about them.
Do not address someone by their first name until invited to do so. Use surnames and titles instead.
Do not give expensive or extravagant gifts which can be viewed as tacky or bribery. Nor give anything sharp, such as knives or scissors, which signifies severing off the friendship. Wine, high quality chocolates, or flowers are good gifts. But avoid white chrysanthemums and white lilies which are for funerals.
Do not drink until after the first toast given by the host. Do not ask for salt and pepper if it’s not already on the table.
Do not feel obligated to tip. A service charge is included in restaurants and hotels.
Do not put your hands in pockets while talking to people. Nor chew gum, litter, or clean your nails in public.
Do not ask personal questions, such as salary, age, or religion. Swiss respects privacy highly.
Do not eat out which can be very expensive. Making lunch your main meal of the day. The same meal in the evening doubles up.
Do not hike unless you think you are fit or hike often. Carry your joggers or any pair of light shoes.
Switzerland Travel Do’s
Do respect traditional Swiss greeting with three kisses on the cheek, though a handshake is the norm on a first meeting.
Do dress conservatively and neatly. A suit and tie in business for men, and a suit or dress for women.
Do appreciate tolerance and be patient in Switzerland. Swiss are rather discrete, let them follow their own rhythm.
Do keep both hands on the table during a meal, but keep elbows off the table. Eat everything off your plate and put your knife and fork side by side at the 5:25 position when you’re done eating.
Do use fork to cut food such as salad and potatoes instead of a knife, and break bread with your hand, but most other food should be eaten with utensils.
Do recognize that German, French and Italian are widely spoken in Switzerland, and Romansch is spoken in isolated pockets. More French around the west and South is Italian. Other areas are more German in style, but speak Schweiz-Deutsch (Swiss-German), a dialect that even Germans don’t understand.
Do be punctuate for a dinner party, although 15 minutes late is acceptable. Do send flowers to your hosts either before a party or the next day, along with a thank you note.
Do ask for your tax-free shopping cheque and reclaim the VAT if your purchase costs at least CHF. 500. Switzerland is a shopper’s paradise with so much irresistible stuff around.