Information & Facts
The three official languages are Swiss German, French and
Italian. A few people speak Romansch, but this is confined to the
southeastern corner of the country. Most people know at least three
languages, including English.
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100
rappen (German) or centimes (French). Although not part of the EU
many prices are nonetheless indicated in Euros and some merchants
may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely
accepted and ATMs are widespread; many are equipped with the Cirrus
or Maestro system. Banks offer the best exchange rates for
travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also possible to
exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and airports.
Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Monday to Saturday 9am-12pm, 2-6pm, Sunday 2-6pm (May
to September); Monday to Saturday 10am to 12pm, 2-5pm Sunday 2-5pm
(October, March to April); Monday to Saturday 9am-12pm, 2-4pm,
Sunday 2-4pm (November to February). The church is closed for some
services on Sundays
Local time in Switzerland is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between March and