Visitors to Switzerland during the summer months can expect cool to warm temperature with high humidity and occasional showers. In the winter time, the weather is usually cold and cloudy with rain and show. It’s important to keep in mind, especially in Switzerland, that the climate can vary greatly dependent on altitude.
There is no Swiss language so the languages spoken in Switzerland can be Swiss-German, French, Italian, and Romansch, depending on where you are in the country. These are all considered official languages and most residents will speak another language in addition to their local language.
English is often understood and spoken by the large German-speaking cities, located in the center, northern and eastern parts of the country.
National Holidays and Festivals
January 1 – New Year's Day
March/April – Easter Monday
August 1 – National Day
December 25 – Christmas Day
In addition to the four statutory national holidays, each of the 26 Swiss Cantons has their own list of holidays.
Switzerland is not part of the European Union and as such has its own independent currency, the Swiss Franc. Like the US dollar, the Franc is divided into 100 cents. However, many establishments will accept the Euro, giving back change in Francs. The best way to get Francs is to use ATM’s, keeping in mind to check with your bank prior to arrival to be apprised of any fees. Compared to most other European nations, Switzerland is more cash-oriented, meaning that many times credit cards will not be accepted.
The standard is 220V with the socket possessing three rounded prongs.