Switzerland: Useful Information
A summer and winter sports paradise
The electricity supply in Switzerland is 230V, 50HZ
All major travellers' cheques and credit cards are accepted in Switzerland. Commission is not charged for changing cash or cheques.
Tipping is usually not expected as hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars are required by law to include a 15% service charge in Switzerland. Also taxi fares usually have a service charge included.
Shops in Switzerland are usually open from 8am to 12.15 and then 1.30-6.30pm, 8.30-4pm on Saturday – and Monday morning is often a half day
Banks in Switzerland are generally open 8.30-4.30pm Monday to Friday
German is spoken in north central and eastern Switzerland, French in the west, Italian in the south and Romansch in the southeast.
Post offices in Switzerland are generally open 7.30-12, 1.45-6.30 and Saturday 8-11am.
Emergency numbers in Switzerland are 117 for the police, 118 for the fire brigade and 144 for ambulance
As there is no state medical health service in Switzerland, and as medical treatment must be paid for, it is advisable to take out insurance against personal accident and illness.
Tap water is fine to drink nearly everywhere. Some fountains carry the sign “Kein Trinkwasser” or “eau non potable.” This means no drinking water!