- The voltage in Switzerland is 230 V.
- I came across a variety of electrical sockets in Switzerland, sometimes even in one hotel room! Type J (3-pin) sockets (both recessed and flat) were most common, but I also saw types C and F (2-pin).
- I had to buy a type J adapter in Switzerland because my 2-pin one with the rectangular casing wouldn’t fit into most of the 3-pin sockets since they were hexagonal and recessed into the wall. Some bad advice on the Internet said these 2-pin plugs would work in Switzerland, but they don’t fit into the sunken outlets.
- I was able to borrow an adapter for Swiss sockets from my hotel until I found one to buy at the post office, of all places.
- Overall, Switzerland has a mild climate, but it varies a lot between regions. In September, I experienced snow and 0 °C high in the mountains, then saw palm trees and 25 °C in Ticino. I made use of all the clothing layers I brought!
- Switzerland has four distinct seasons. In the winter, temperatures can range from -2 to 7 °C. Spring and autumn temperatures are usually 8 to 15 °C. Summer sees temperatures of 18 to 28 °C, but it can get hotter than that.
- I always felt safe travelling in Switzerland, even as a female solo traveller. Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of industrialized countries, but thefts can still occur so don’t leave your belongings unattended.
- I saw a mixture of paid public toilets and free ones.
Other Tips and Observations on my First Trip to Switzerland
- The public water fountains in town squares have safe drinking water. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill up at the fountains to save money and avoid waste.
- Some destinations issue a guest card to anyone spending a night (or two) in the city/region. These cards give free use of local public transportation and often discounts on attractions.
- There are many helpful apps for travelling in Switzerland. My favourites were SBB Mobile for transportation planning, Switzerland Mobility for hiking and biking routes, and Swiss Travel Guide for attraction highlights.
Accommodations in Switzerland
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