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December 3, 2015updated Dec 08, 2015

Useful Information for your Stay in Zurich

By Chris Boyle

WHEN BEST TO GO

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The warmer months between June and September is the best time to visit Zurich, when temperatures average around 17°C during the day.

Elite travelers wishing to visit the Alps are advised to make their trip between late November and early April.

LOCAL CUSTOMS

Etiquette is an important aspect of Swiss culture, with the art of subtlety widely appreciated. Tipping is not required in most restaurants or bars as it is already included in the price. Be aware that talking about someone’s income publicly is generally considered rude.

LANGUAGE

German, French, Italian and Romansh – though English is widely spoken

CURRENCY

Swiss franc

EXCHANGE RATE

$1 = CHF 0.78 £1 = CHF 1.28 €1 = EUR 1.13

EMERGENCY CONTACTS

Ambulance: 144 Fire: 118 Police: 117 Helicopter: 1414

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EMBASSY CONTACTS

US +41 434 992 960

UK +41 313 597 700

TIME ZONE

GMT +1 (DST +2)

COUNTRY DIALLING CODE

+41

POPULATION

1.3 million

RELIGIOUS DEMOGRAPHIC

The most dominant religious group in Switzerland is Christian

Business Hours

Shops open from 9am to 8pm weekdays and until 6pm on Saturdays. They are usually closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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