Getting to Switzerland
Switzerland is a small multi-cultural, multi-lingual country located in the very heart of Europe. It shares common frontiers with five countries - Germany, France, Italy, Austria and the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. Switzerland is therefore at the crossroads of the continent. It is a focal point of international air, road and rail traffic and easily accessible within hours from major European cities and centres.

Switzerland's main international airports of Zurich and Geneva are among the most modern in Europe. They are served by the leading airlines of nearly 100 countries - among them award-winning Swissair and European carrier Crossair - and both airports are linked to the nation's rail network. Smaller international airports are located in Basel, Berne and Lugano.

Thanks to its convenient central location, Switzerland is also served by fast reliable inter-European rail services from at least a dozen countries. Daily services operate from major cities in Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Scandinavia, and the Benelux countries. Most trains include dining cars, bars and a wide range of other amenities and - for night travel - comfortable sleeping compartments.

For travellers arriving by road, Switzerland is linked to Europe's extensive motorway network. Cross-border travel is trouble free, with the minimum of delay and formalities.

Land of languages.

Switzerland has a resident population of 7 million.
64% speak German as their mother tongue,
19% French
8% Italian, and
1% Rhaeto-Romansh.
A variety of languages are spoken by the remaining 8% of the population, most of whom are of foreign nationality.


Switzerland Tourism (Intl)