Know Before You Go: 10 Things You Need For Your Switzerland Tour

OT Staff


Switzerland is a unique destination for outdoor enthusiasts due to its alpine landscapes, delicious fondue and chocolate, and cultural diversity. It boasts diverse landscapes, including snow-capped Alps, picturesque lakes, and well-preserved medieval towns. Here are 10 things you need for your Switzerland tour.

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Schengen Visa & Travel Documents

Travellers from India heading to Switzerland must acquire a Schengen visa. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond travel dates. Keep printed copies of your visa, flight tickets, accommodation bookings, and travel insurance handy for immigration checks.

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Universal Power Adapter

Switzerland uses type C (European) power outlets (230V/50Hz). Bring a universal power adapter to charge your devices, as Indian plugs (Type D) won't fit directly.

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Travel Insurance

Medical costs can be high in Switzerland. Obtain comprehensive travel insurance covering medical emergencies, trip cancellation, and loss/theft of belongings.

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Warm Clothing and Layers

Swiss weather can be cool, so pack layers, including a warm jacket, thermal wear, and waterproof gear. Smartly wearing your woollens with layering will save you the space of carrying huge jackets.

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Comfortable Walking Shoes

Switzerland boasts breathtaking landscapes and offers a variety of outdoor activities. Wearing comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots is crucial for exploring cities and hiking trails.

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Swiss Travel Pass

Consider purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel on the Swiss Travel System network, including trains, buses, and boats. It's economical for frequent travel within Switzerland.

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The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). 1 Swiss Franc is equivalent to 91.51 Indian Rupee. Although credit cards are widely accepted, carrying some Swiss Francs for small purchases, local markets, and public transport is recommended.

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English-German/French Phrasebook

Knowing basic German or French can be helpful in remote areas or interacting with locals, as English may not be as commonly spoken. It is always wise to respect the local culture.

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Local SIM Card Or International Roaming

Ensure you stay connected while travelling in India. Use a local SIM card for data and calls, or activate international roaming on your mobile plan. Consider network coverage and costs before making a decision.

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Medications And First Aid Kit

When travelling, carry prescription medications in their original packaging, and bring a basic first aid kit for minor injuries or ailments. In any case, prevention is better than cure.

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