A Quick Guide to Switzerland‘s Amazing Lakes

A Quick Guide to Switzerland‘s Amazing Lakes

Water, water, everywhere… Switzerland is definitely a country where you won‘t die of thirst.  Although its land mass is only 0.4% of Europe, Switzerland is the source of 6% of the continent‘s fresh water reserve. Some of this water comes...

Typical Swiss – chocolate, banking and watches …?

Typical Swiss – chocolate, banking and watches …?

People say that different countries have different customs. The Swiss, too, have some typical quirks and behaviours that make them immediately identifiable to others. How do you recognize a typical Swiss?   1. The Swiss people are multilingual In Switzerland,...

Typical Bern = typical Switzerland?

Typical Bern = typical Switzerland?

Through the eyes of a tourist Switzerland is like a bouquet of flowers. While foreign nationals are quickly taken with the colours, the scent, the crisp freshness of each single flower, a Swiss likes to dig until he finds a...

Typical Basel – Bebbis, Fasnacht and Sports

Typical Basel – Bebbis, Fasnacht and Sports

The question of who is a real Basler is not easy to answer. There is actually no such thing as a real Basler. In the city city on the Rhine, people refer to themselves as «d Bebbi». And these Bebbi...

Swiss German sayings explained

Swiss German sayings explained

Many Swiss German expressions are similar to others in both English and German speaking countries like Austria. Nevertheless, there are some proverbs and sayings that an expatriate will struggle to make sense of. Take for example: „A sitzande Saager isch...

This is why Switzerland is famous for its chocolate

This is why Switzerland is famous for its chocolate

Whether it is dark chocolate, white or drinking chocolate, the Swiss love their „Schoggi“. So why does Swiss chocolate have the reputation of being the best chocolate in the world? Huge variety of different kinds of chocolate   A variety...

Typical Zurich – metropolis, rivalry and the “Zürischnurre

Typical Zurich – metropolis, rivalry and the “Zürischnurre

Clichés make our lives easier. We are all familiar with typical national idiosyncrasies. However, people are often accorded characteristics that are completely inappropriate and far from reality. Switzerland is a country that stands for wealth, cleanliness and a bourgeois attitude....

All about the money: What is the Swiss franc?

All about the money: What is the Swiss franc?

The Swiss franc is the currency of the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein. It is divided into 100 centimes. The currency symbol is Fr. and its ISO abbreviation is CHF. The abbreviation Rp is used for centimes. In...

Banking in Switzerland

Banking in Switzerland

Switzerland is well known for its banks and money. For many years now, the country has been a popular place for financial investments and foreign accounts. This is due in part to the confidentiality that the banks offer their clients....

Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland has cantons – and half cantons?

Switzerland is politically divided into several cantons and half cantons. There are 20 cantons and 6 half cantons in this country. But what is a half-canton and what is the differences between a “full” and a “half” canton? What is...