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Located in Central Europe, Switzerland is a breathtaking holiday destination renowned for its exceptional natural beauty. Switzerland is packed with sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains, scenic valleys, and picturesque villages. Rent a car in Switzerland and drive through the winding Alpine roads to take in some of Europe's best scenic vistas and majestic mountainous peaks. For cultural delights, be sure to check out capital Bern’s Old Town (a UNESCO protected Site), Zurich's Swiss National Museum and the Brunswick Monument in Geneva. The country is also home to numerous hiking trails and ski resorts.

It's your choice: Where to go in Switzerland

Renting a car in Switzerland is one of the best ways to explore this vibrant country at your own pace and convenience. Take a tour of the historic capital city of Bern with your rented car, where you can explore its medieval city centre boasting the Bern Minster, Switzerland’s tallest cathedral; the grand Zytglogge tower and beautiful 16th-century fountains. Beyond the Old Town, visit The Bern Historical Museum, the Swiss National Library and The Natural History Museum of Bern. Consider taking trips to Zurich, the cultural and financial hub of the country. Some of Zurich's must-see iconic landmarks include The Swiss National Museum, The Schauspielhaus Zürich, and The Kunsthaus Zürich. The Goetheanum in Dornach is an architectural wonder with stained-glass windows, sculptural columns and ornate ceiling. Designed by Rudolf Steiner, the building is the hub for the anthroposophical movement.

Things to do in Switzerland

Rent a car in Switzerland to visit the towering Matterhorn, which is located between Zermatt, a famous ski resort and the northwestern Italian resort of Cervinia Valtournenche. At 4,478 metres, it's one of Europe's highest summits offering the spectacular Alpine panorama and a wide variety of attractions including the Matterhorn Museum and the Matterhorn glacier paradise. Take a drive to the pretty mountain resort of Grindelwald located in the canton of Berne's Interlaken Oberhasli district. The Grindelwald–Männlichen gondola cableway makes it easy to traverse through the stunning Alpine landscape and check out the gorgeous Schwarzhorn summit, the Grindelwald Glacier and Bachalpsee Lake. Don't miss the iconic Chillon Castle during your Switzerland holiday. Nestled along the banks of Lake Geneva, this medieval water castle is one of Switzerland's most visited historic buildings. Head over to the medieval town of Schaffhausen, where you'll find the magnificent Rhine Falls. Take a boat trip or hike to take in the mesmerizing view of the surroundings and the gushing water.

Important info about Switzerland

You'll find plenty of options for booking a flight to Switzerland. Many leading airlines offer direct flights to Switzerland from various European cities and beyond. Zürich Airport, Switzerland's largest airport is well-connected to several regional airports within the country. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the city centre from both Geneva and Zurich Airport. Once you arrive in Switzerland, you will find a wide range of hotels and other accommodation to suit both your requirements and budget. Divided between the Swiss Plateau, the Jura Mountains and the Alps, Switzerland is surrounded by France to the west, Italy to the south and Germany to the north. Winter is one of the most popular times to visit the country. Experience some of the world’s best skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding in the Swiss Alps during winter.

Weather in Switzerland
Country Switzerland
Language German, Italian, French, and Romansh
Currency Swiss franc
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +41

Good to know

Driving in and around Switzerland is a pleasant experience thanks to its impressive road condition. Due to the Alpine terrain, you'll come across plenty up and down roads, long tunnels and round corners. In Switzerland, make sure to drive on the right side of the road. The maximum speed limit is 120km/h on motorways and 80 km/h on city roads. To rent a car in Switzerland, you must be 20 years and above. It also depends on the vehicle class you select. Children below the age of 7 aren’t allowed to sit in the front seats. Wearing seat belts are mandatory for both front and back seat occupants. Using hand-held mobile devices while driving is strictly prohibited. The maximum permissible blood alcohol content level in Switzerland is 50 mg/100 ml. It's recommended to use dipped headlights when driving in tunnels.

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Our tour suggestion for Switzerland

Incredible views of mountains, lakes, and medieval villages await you when you drive through Europe's most beautiful alpine routes. Bern is the ideal starting point to explore this remarkable country. Take the A12 from Bern to reach the town of Gruyeres, known for its medieval structure such as the Gruyeres Castle and the H.R. Giger museum. From Gruyeres, the Jaunpass mountain road will take you to the picture-perfect village of Lauterbrunnen which is home two of the most stunning waterfalls–Staubbach Falls and Trümmelbach Falls. Drive down the A8 from Lauterbrunnen to get to Lucerne. In addition to the awe-inspiring vistas and amazing architecture, one of Lucerne’s must-see attractions is the Chapel Bridge on the Reuss River which boasts 17th-century paintings depicting Switzerland's history. From Lucerne, drive along the A8 to reach the historic town of Altdorf via A2 towards east. Here, you can explore popular attractions like the world-famous Tell Monument and the Eggberge sun-terrace located 1,400 metres above sea level.

What to taste in Switzerland

Swiss cuisine is the perfect blend of different cultures including from German, French, and Italian. Several traditional Swiss dishes are made using simple ingredients like potatoes and cheese. Rösti is a popular breakfast dish mainly consisting of potatoes. Älplermagronen is another must-try local dish made of potatoes, cream, pasta, cheese and onion. Make sure to try a variety of cheeses like Vacherin, Appenzeller and the Emmentaler.