Guide to the World’s Best Country 2017

Switzerland Lake

As of 2017 Switzerland is officially the world’s best country to live.

Switzerland was also named the best nation to headquarter a corporation and the best place to retire.

It’s not surprizing either, on my last trip to Switzerland I was impressed at the cleanliness of the streets, the quality of everything from food, the coffee and the general positive vibe of locals. The demeanor of locals says a lot about a place, and the Swiss are happy content people.

Switzerland is one of my favorite European countries to visit and each time I visit I think living there would not be a bad thing.

Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the world’s best country!

Switzerland is one of the countries to offers it’s inhabitants some of the highest minimum wages in the world (Australia is actually the top).

Famous for the snow-capped Alps, chocolate (especially delicious sky-high hot chocolate) and yodeling countrymen, Switzerland if easily accessible from Italy by car, only about a 1 hour drive from Milan. If you’re into adventure, Switzerland is a great destination for ski resorts and hiking trails.

It is highly recommended to hire a car in Switzerland. Switzerland is a relatively small country and very easy to get around by car, plus there are little lake side villages and beautiful scenery you wont want to miss. Rail is also a great option.

Switzerland-quaint villages and Swiss Alps
Switzerland quaint villages and Swiss Alps

 

Top 10 Things to do in Switzerland:

  1. Shopping. Switzerland is famous for it’s tax-haven shopping. Most designer factories are located in Milan making clothing and designer items a whole lot cheaper! The famous Bahnhofstrasse – one of the most beautiful shopping areas in Europe – is a must. What’s not to love!
  2. Lake Geneva- peace capital of the world and beautiful lake, great for watersports.
  3. Climb the Matterhorn. Well at least visit the Swiss Alps
  4. Zurich-beautiful city great to check out contemporary art, plus free bikes to ride around on! Yew!
  5. Lake Lugano, a quaint little lake-side town close to Fox Town (shopping) and Italian border.
  6. Rhine Falls- Check out the largest Waterfall in Europe
  7. Jungfraujoch- UNESCO World Heritage listed mountain offers skiing and hiking, plus your guaranteed to see snow all year round.
  8. Bern, the country’s capital is a beautiful city and is also UNESCO world heritage listed.
  9. Visit the Lindt & Sprüngli chocolate factory in Zurich is just a few kilometers south of the city center at Seestrasse
  10. Take the Gornergrat railway is a mountain rack railway, located in the Swiss canton of Valais. It links the resort village of Zermatt.

Budget/Typical Costs :

The Swiss franc (CHF) is the only official currency in Switzerland (and in Liechtenstein). The franc is the only currency accepted everywhere. The Euro is the currency in the neighboring countries Germany, France, Italy and Austria, and in many other European countries.

The Swiss franc is basically on par with the EU give or take 1c and also on par with the USD which makes it easy!

Switzerland can be expensive for travellers, as can Australia. I would say Australia is dearer than Switzerland, however Switzerland is dearer than the USA and other countires in the EU. Budget at least 60 CHF per day for food and snacks, this is not woth fine dining or alcohol and not including accommodation.

Swiss Hot Chocolate Switzerland

Accommodation:

Budget for 150 CHF per night for couple, this is very basic accommodation on booking.com or air bnb, you can find cheaper backpacker-style accommodation which is about 45 CHF per person.

If looking to stay in a ‘spa-style’ accommodation or in ski lodge budget for 300-500 CHF per couple per night.

Cultural tips:

Don’t get too personal. The Swiss like to keep their buinses to themselves, don’t ask personal questions. Always be on time, Swiss are punctual people. Be aware of how you dispose of your rubbish, the Swiss have strict rules on recycling and garbage disposal.

Dress:

The Swiss tend to be a little ‘dressier’ than in other European countries. With men opting for jeans and a shirt and ladies also dressed in smart casual. It is not appropriate to wear what I call ‘Californian Casual’ when in Switzerland or you will look and feel out of place. Be sure to pack a jacket and dress shoes if you plan on dining out.

Visas:

No visa required for Western countries and most European countries, Switzerland is a part of the EU.

Activities:

Budget higher if you are going to be visiting Ski towns and resorts or doing tours. If you plan to hire a car, which is recommended also budget higher. For Activities and car hire budget at least 70 CHF per person.

SWITZERLAND IN A WORD: Switzerland is comprised of 4 national languages: French, German, Italian and English. ‘grüezi’ (hello) is a must to learnWilkomme!’ which is ‘Welcome!’.

The Swiss are very friendly and polite and are welcoming by nature. Be polite, learn a few words and enjoy Switzerland the world’s best country 2017

For my favorite things to do in Germany check out my next post

 

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