Tipping – A service charge is usually included in restaurant bills in Switzerland, and it is not expected to tip on top of this. If you do feel inclined to leave a gratuity, a good rule of thumb is to round up the bill. Ask your local guide if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power plugs – Australian and New Zealand appliances will require an adapter for use in Switzerland. They have a unique socket designed to accommodate three circular prongs, however, commonly work with the standard European two-pronged plug. Check the requirements of your appliances before leaving for your holiday. Currency – The Swiss Franc is used throughout Switzerland. If you are travelling on to other European countries, you will be need access to multiple currencies. Check with your bank the options available to you (and fees involved) to access your funds overseas. Advise them of your travel plans to avoid having your transactions blocked.
What should I bring?
Weatherproof gear – Pack a lightweight outer layer that is windproof and waterproof for your trip. Spray your chosen footwear with a waterproof layer to protect them (and you!) from the elements while you are on holidays. Make sure your shoes offer comfort for your sightseeing adventures. Layers – Be prepared for a broad spectrum of weather conditions and include multiple layers that can be worn together. Some lighter layers are perfect for the indoor heating and thicker exterior layers for the cooler outdoors. Daypack – Include a lightweight waterproof pack in your packing list. This will not only allow you to store your layers and gear on a day out exploring, but will also keep your possessions safe and dry.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Swiss Chocolate – The chocolates of Switzerland have a reputation around the world for being one of the best. Is it the milk, the cacao or the production process? You be the judge and give all the Swiss chocolate you find a try on your holiday! Fondue – Swiss cheese is a culinary highlight, however, when melted in a communal pot and enjoyed with dipped bread it becomes an authentic Swiss experience. Commonly served throughout Switzerland, it is definitely something to try during your holiday. Swiss Alps and lakes – Switzerland has breathtaking scenery, with the stunning peaks of the alps towering over the turquoise waters of the lakes that the countryside is known for. Being so picturesque, be ready for plenty of photo opportunities along your tour.