Switzerland is considered a unique country on the European continent. Consequently, a vacation here can only be a one of a kind experience. Switzerland is a mix of historic and modern cities, of beautiful nature and spectacular architecture. If a trip to Switzerland is coming soon, here are 30 things you should know about the country before visiting.
One of the main reasons why Switzerland is so popular is due to its perfect climate. The weather here is ideal. You will never find excessive heat or excesive cold in this country.
Despite what many people imagine, the currency in Switherland is not Euro, but the Swiss franc.
Switzerland is considered to be one of the safest places in Europe. The crime rates in this country are among the lowest in the world.
4. Marriage and divorce
The divorce rate is quite high: it seems that about 53% percent of all marriages in Switzerland end in divorce.
5. Cannabis use
Switzerland is the country with one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world.
The most popular beverage in this country is wine. It seems that people here enjoy drinking it on all occasions.
There actually are four national languages spoken here. They are French, German, Italian and Romansch.
8. Europe’s largest church clock
The clock of the Church of St. Peter’s is the largest in Europe. This clock of this church located in Zürich is even larger than the one on Big Ben.
9. Richest resident of the country
The richest person in Switzerland is believed to be the founder of Ikea. Ingvar Kamprad has been been the first in the ranking for no less than ten years.
10. Cheapest item on sale
The country created headlines all over the world when an egg from a foreign farm was announced to have been the cheapest item ever placed on sale.
11. Unique fountains
Switzerland has become widely known for its amazing attractions. Only the city of Zurich is home to over 1200 fountains with crystal clear water. If you are going to be in the city soon, you should know you can actually drink their water.
In the country, mailboxes have two slots: one used for letters, the other for packages.
13. Freddie Mercury’s studio
Freddie Mercury had a studio in this country, located outside Montreux, on Lake Geneva. A statue of Freddie Mercury can be admired by visitors in front of the studio.
14. Local food
The most expensive food in the country is Chinese and Mexican food. In fact, Chinese and Mexican restaurants are believed to be exotic, this is why they commonly cost more than other eateries.
15. Coffee industry
Impressively, about 75% of global coffee trade happens in Switzerland. Global centers for coffee purchasments are located in this country.
16. Air Force One fabrics
All the fabrics used in the Air Force One – the aircraft carrying the president of the USA – are created in Switherland: set covers, curtains and carpets used by the most powerful man in the world change with each new president.
17. The river confluence in Geneva
This is believed to be one of the most impressive natural attractions in Switzerland: the confluence of the Rhone river and the Aare river, in Geneva. The contrast between the two rivers makes this attraction unique.
18. Swarovski diamonds in a pedestrian crossing in Bern
Bern officials have decided to use Swarovski diamonds to increase visibility of the pedestrian crossings in the city.
19. Lakes and nature
There are over 1500 lakes in this country. Actually, it is said that you can never be at more than 10 miles distance from a lake. Almost 70% of the country is covered in mountains.
Switzerland is well known to be the home of numerous banks. Bank tellers are protected by bullet-proof glass.
If you plan for shopping during a vacation here, you should know that almost each shop closes at 7 or 8 PM.
22. Independence and neutrality
Switzerland has become an independent country in 1449. Throughout the years it has always maintained a neutrality policy. That only changed when the country joined the United Nations in 2002.
This country has been the first to implement a system based on direct democracy, involving public petitions and the referendum.
24. United Nations
Geneva is the seat of the United Nations, as well as of many non-governmental organizations, including the World Trade Organization.
Switzerland is probably the only country in the world that changes its president every year.
26. Main cities
The main cities in the country are Zurich, Lucerne, Basel, General Canton Ticiono and Lausanne. The capital and the most important city of this country is Bern.
Switzerland is known for its great festivals. The most important such events are the Lucerne Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival.
28. Mountain tourism
Since Switzerland has plenty of beautiful mountains it is a perfect destination for great outdoor experiences. Ski resorts are popular in the winter, while hiking is the most preferred activity in the summer.
29. Folk art
Folk art is quite important for the country. In dance, music, poetry and wood carving, folk art is kept alive all over the country.
Switzerland is the best place to be in for people who love skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering.
Switzerland is a beautiful country and a place that will allow tourists to visit a wide range of attractions. There are many other interesting things worth knowing about Switzerland. Help us complete this list.
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