Switzerland

Nestled amongst the mind-bogglingly grand Alps, Switzerland is a mix of several regions, each with its own language (French, German, Italian and the miniscule Romansch). Switzerland adroitly manages its multiethnic culture, giving visitors a taste of Europe in miniature -- mountains, lakes, glitzy cities, Italian restaurants and German biergartens. ... Read more
Skiing got its start here, and Switzerland still boasts some of the finest ski resorts in the world, including world-famous St. Moritz and Matterhorn-backed Zermatt. Shop in Zurich for trendy fashions and Geneva for watches (where all of the United Nations and international organization head honchos need to keep close track of time) and, well, just about everywhere for chocolate. During the summer months, the mountains offer plenty to do with hiking and sightseeing, including spectacular views around Grindelwald. Everywhere you look in the Swiss countryside, there's another cathedral or quaintly perfect village. Sure, it's one of the most expensive places on Earth, but did we mention the chocolate?

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When to go

The Alps are a pretty big deal in Swiss tourism. Resorts are at their most lively during ski season, which lasts from mid-December through whenever the snow melts in April, and in the summer when hikers, bikers ... Read more
and waterfall jumpers (yes, that’s a thing) take over the mountains. When the Alpine sports season gets sleepy in the late spring and early fall, the cities are at their most pleasant. Most see temperatures in the 50s and 60s (10-20C) and far fewer crowds than in the bustling high season of summer. Sure, it’s a little chilly, but what a great excuse to warm up with a glass (or three) of a fruity schnapps or pack on a few pounds with some delicious Swiss chocolate!

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Solo Female Travel Tips

Switzerland feels exceptionally safe, and people are polite and friendly, so that women didn't "feel nervous asking for directions/help." "As a woman, you don't feel like you are constantly being judged or assessed on your sexuality." "You're safe ... Read more
here," but always use common sense.

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

What travelers are saying

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London

Switzerland feels exceptionally safe, and people are polite and friendly, so that women didn't "feel nervous asking for directions/help." "As a woman, you don't feel like you are constantly being judged or assessed on your sexuality." "You're safe here," but always use common sense.

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San Diego

I loved Switzerland. It's clean, efficient, and absolutely beautiful - especially the Berner Oberland region with the Alps and Lauterbrunnen Valley. I definitely want to go back someday and explore more in depth, but what we did see - even in the fog and rain - was gorgeous. Beware - it is expensive! Definitely book lodges or B&Bs and cook your own food as much as possible.

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Miravet

At around 16,000 square miles, Switzerland is small relative to many other countries but thanks to its gorgeous mountains and lakes, wonderfully varied. I went to school here as a child and hated every moment of it - not least being away from home. But now it's somewhere I return to again and again for the blissful quiet and clean air. The Swiss themselves: usually quite formal (and that's coming from an Englishman!). The wonderful thing about this country is that there's something for everyone, year-round. When there's snow on the ground this really is a winter wonderland, but don't let that put you off visiting during the equally spectacular spring and summer months when life bursts back into bloom.

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San Francisco

I was really impressed with Switzerland. Would definitely go back given the chance! My favorite thing to do here? Probably ride the train. They're clean and they provide amazing-- no really, I was struck with awe, terror, and a delightful sense of fear and wonder as my train snaked around and through the towering alps-- views of Switzerland's primary resource: it's natural beauty.

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Klang

Switzerland is the top expensive leaving expenses in the world. Beautiful views, snow hills, peace and safe life here. Still many people like to go there and stayed there. Geneva - to see the Jet d'Eau, the Reformation Monument and the United Nations Building.

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New York City

Switzerland, a place known for people who mind their own business, is a natural choice for solo travelers. Equip yourself with good hiking boots and a Swiss Rail Pass—good for every train, tram, and lake steamer. You might start with a couple of days in stately, pedestrian-friendly Zurich and then head south to the shores of Lake Geneva for the bistros, nightlife, and museums of Montreux and Lausanne before carrying on to the Italian-speaking Ticino region.

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New York City

Switzerland is just as beautiful, if not more so, than you ever expected. The language changes from Italian to German to French, depending on which part of the country you are in, but the natural beauty is constant. Snowcapped mountains, sparkling lakes, clean cities, fresh air, gourmet cheese, and mouthwatering chocolates. Don't skip over this little European gem.

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Oceanside

My favorite country to visit. The scenery is stunning, the cities are clean, and the people are incredibly friendly.

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The Chicagoland Area

The best trip I have ever taken was to Switzerland, and the Alps are amazing with life changing views. One trip just won't be enough

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London

The dramatic desirable stretch of Dalmatian coastline encompasses some of the most exclusive hotspots in Europe, such as Dubrovnik. Spring is wonderful in the sumptuous ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ christened by Lord Byron. Fewer tourists, glorious warmth and quaint pathways are fringed by bold blue sea. Spring is carnival time (1st-4th March) transforming the city into a masked playground where classical musicians serenade dances in the World Heritage streets of Old Town. The most striking scenes are found at Plitvice Lakes National park, where a ribbon of lakes and waterfalls create majestic scenes. For a more cultural affair, capital Zagreb features the best of café culture, art galleries and an addictive ambiance.

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