Switzerland: Travel Tips

Switzerland is a study in contrasts. At Lucerne, spectacular lake and mountain views awe visitors. The north tower of Geneva’s St. Peter’s Cathedral affords a stunning view of that genteel city. And St. Moritz, a sunny spa town, has played host to generations of jet-setters, who flock to its glamorous casino and Olympic-quality snow. Lugano has the soul of an Italian town, combined with Swiss prosperity and a semi-tropical microclimate.

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Getting To Switzerland

Like most of Europe, the best times to visit Central European countries are during the spring and fall months. While summer brings warmer weather, Spring is more ideal for travel.

Flight Times

  • 9 hours from New York
  • 14 hours from Los Angeles
  • 2 hours from London

Staying In Switzerland

Switzerland is renowned for discreet hospitality and a sublime sense of order. The denizens of this small, mountainous country prize their traditions, too. This well-earned pride is evident in the precision of their products, from Teuscher’s champagne truffles to world-famous timepieces.

Must-see sights

  • Geneva’s St. Peter’s Cathedral.
  • St. Moritz, a sunny spa town

Things to do

  • Hike or bike through beautiful Interlaken, which is laced with trails galore that offer vistas over the town, lakes, and panoramas close enough to touch.
  • Watching skateboarders and bladers roll through the hilly city of Lausanne, nicknamed “the San Francisco of Switzerland.
  • Spoil yourself at the many jewelry and designer-clothing boutiques in Les Rues-Basses, Geneva’s upscale shopping district.
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Traveling In Switzerland

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout Europe in order to make your Europe vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights in Europe, private jets, rental cars, and shuttle transfers are also available.

While traveling in the Spain we recommend :

  • Private transfers at time of booking - All transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles to and from all points of entry as well as between cities.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • To enter and leave Europe, all U.S. citizens must carry a valid passport.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents


  • The Euro is the official currency of the European union and its member countries. Other European Currencies include the Swiss Franc and the British pound. Exchange rates vary by currency and economic seasonality.

Time Difference

Europe spans three time zones:

Switzerland is GMT + 1

  • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is 5 hours ahead of Eastern standard Time.
  • Central Standard Time which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
  • Eastern European Time which is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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