Swiss Franc (SFr) = 100 rappen or centimes.
Notes are in denominations of: SFr1000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10.
Coins are in denominations of: SFr5, 2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
Credit/Debit cards and ATMS
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are widely available.
Pound Sterling, US Dollar or Euro cheques are accepted at airports, railway stations and banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, visitors are advised to take travellers cheques in Pounds Sterling, Euros or US Dollars.
Traditionally, Switzerland has not been considered one of the cultural centres of Europe. It is known more for cleanliness, punctuality, discipline and high degree of consciousness about the environment than for its artistic achievements. But in recent times, its commitment to peace is what has drawn artists looking for a safe haven in which to do their creative work.
A multi-cultural nation, Switzerland’s national identity is shaped by a variety of influences including those of German, French and Italian neighbours.
Police (Police, Polizei-Notruf): 117
Fire (Feu, Feuerwehr-Notruf): 118
Ambulance (Ambulance, Sanität-Notruf): 144
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Dec Boxing Day
The Alps cause many climatic variations throughout Switzerland. In the higher Alpine regions temperatures tend to be low, while the lower land of the northern area has higher temperatures and warm summers.