Travel guide

Between Romans and Grisons in the center of Europe.

Three geographical zones for a natural unison: the Jura, the Plateau and the Alps. With four national languages and 26 cantons, Switzerland is as diverse as its landscapes are beautiful. Beyond the clichés of chocolate and edelweiss, there are also a myriad of attractions and elements that are unique to the region: a medieval past, a national culture based on fusion, the most beautiful landscapes for hiking and skiing enthusiasts, dynamic cities such as Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich, and charming cities such as Basel.

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Swiss Franc


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Switzerland is a French-speaking country, but like its neighbors Luxembourg, Germany and Belgium, it also speaks German, English and a warm mix of these languages, or “Swiss French”, with its own distinctive expressions.

Key figures

Area: 41 285 km²

8.556 million inhabitants (2019)


Up-to-date vaccinations :

  • DTPolio
  • Hepatitis A and B recommended (as a preventive measure)
  • Typhoid fever, meningococcus depending on sanitary conditions


To enter Switzerland, French nationals need a valid national identity card or passport. Passports must be presented in the event of an airport stopover for a final destination outside the Schengen area.