Switzerland is not only picturesque and picture perfect, it also offers one of the most modern infrastructures out there.
Yes, you can think cows with cowbells when you think of Switzerland, but at the same time, you will also find one of the world’s most modern rail systems as well as spotlessly clean cities. It is a melting pot of the modern and the old. Switzerland has four national languages, which makes it unique. It allows you to experience different cultures within a small country. It is easy to feel a bit of France, Italy or Germany all within the small borders of Switzerland.
You will find Swiss people to be friendly, yet reserved. Many of them speak English, so it is easy to get around.
Despite its size, Switzerland isn’t easy to navigate. The Alpine range that crosses the country can make it hard to travel from one area to the next, despite the two places seemingly being close together on the map.
The time needed: Given the long flight (8 hours from NYC), the considerable time difference, and the many areas Switzerland has to offer, you should allow yourself at least 8 days.
Budgeting: A 8-day vacation to Switzerland for 2, including Coach class airfare, 4* hotels, and a Swiss Rail Pass starts at about $6,000
Combination countries: Switzerland can easily be combined with France, Germany, Italy, and Austria.
Movies to watch before heading to Switzerland:
• The Bourne Identity
• On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
• Five Days one Summer
• North Face
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