Switzerland

Switzerland is a quiet oasis at the crossroads of Europe. On the north, it shares its border with Germany, on the east with France, on the south with Italy and on the west with Austria and Liechtenstein. It is a perfect example of a country where multiple nations live and respect the customs of each other. On each corner of Switzerland, you will meet the traces of historic civilizations. About Romans remind the ancient ruins in Nyon and Avenches.

SAFETY INDEX

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Each year more than 9 million tourists arrive to visit Switzerland landmarks and enjoy its ski resorts. Such a huge touristic stream and their distraction attract thieves of all kinds. The most common crimes on the Switzerland territory are pickpocketing (including those pickpockets who work in a gang) and break-ins. Short stay tourists are not that much at risk of break-ins. However, pickpocketing might be a pain, without following minimum precautions. SafeAround has gathered information from numerous resources about all potentially dangerous areas and marked them on a map in order make sure you have a quiet trip in Switzerland without any stressful hassle and inconveniences, that local thieves may provide you. Main tips during your visit to the country are:
  • Do not leave your belongings unattended, particularly in museums, transport hubs, and other overcrowded places.
  • Carry as little cash as you need for a day. Leave other valuables in the secured place, including passport.
  • Be cautious in pubs, bars, and clubs.
Switzerland is the 7th out of 162 places of the safest country in the world.

Is Switzerland Safe or Dangerous country? 

Travelling in Switzerland is safe, it’s highly ranked on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. Switzerland is in top 10 of the safest countries on the planet. Violent crime is very rare in the country. Petty crimes like pickpocketing and phone snatching are on the rise in recent years particularly in the big cities like Geneva. Another distracting area of concern is thefts of vehicles of all kind including cars, scooters, and bikes. In such cantons like Geneva and Vaud burglaries are on the rise. If you watch out for pickpockets in city centers, transport hubs, on a public transport and in an overcrowded area, do not leave your luggage unattended and keeping all your valuables in hand and under guard, you have nothing to worry about in this Alpine country. There have been reported about the scam artists. If you receive any email about a refund, payment or any other information with the connection with the money and you are not aware of the recipient, we advise to neglect the message and put it in a spam, as it may cause significant financial loss. Below we compiled the areas with a potential risk of pickpockets and other petty thefts in each big city of Switzerland. Each visitor of Geneva should be alert for pickpockets and other crimes in overcrowded areas: Les Paquis area; Gare Cornavin; Lake Geneva’s promenade; Rue de Rive shopping area; Vicinity of the Jardin Anglais/Mont Blanc Bridge; Plainpalais area. Bern’s neighborhoods with high incidents of petty thefts are: Bern Airport (bus terminal in the proximity); Bundesplatz and Barenplatz (open markets); Bern’s old town; the Westside Shopping Mall. Zurich In Seebach district of Zurich several muggings happened this year. SafeAround recommends to be vigilant and avoid from visiting this area alone during the night time. Langstrasse is a quarter in district 4, it is well known as a red light district. The neighborhoods we mentioned above are almost free of violent crimes and attendance during the night is not dangerous, if you follow the basic precautions.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Switzerland is an excellent pattern of imitation where security measures are meticulously taken by the government. It is ranked 7 out of 162 of the safest and most dangerous cities. Be vigilant, use common sense and follow the same safety precautions as you’ll be used in your own country.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

More than 10 million tourists come to Switzerland yearly. They are the easy target for a professional thief. However, if you look after your belongings and do not leave your staff unattended you are almost out of danger.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Kidnapping doesn’t exist in Switzerland. Mugging is rare. SafeAround have heard only about one area in the whole country, where has been numerous muggings – Seebach district of Zurich.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Mexico. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

There are no taxi risks in a taxi, except the fact, that it’s pretty expensive. If you want to drive in the country’s alpine areas, take into account all potential dangers, be equipped with winter tires or have snow-chains with you. We advise checking the weather prior your journey as driving on a narrow mountains roads require reductions of the speed during the winter period.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

The following alpine hazards exist throughout the year:

  • avalanches and snow drifts
  • landslides and flooding
  • glacial crevasses and hollows
  • rockfall
  • thunder storms and lightning
  • altitude sickness
  • sun exposure
  • sudden weather changes
Be aware of avalanche risks and check regularly Swiss Federal Commission for Snow and Avalanche Research. While skiing is advised never do off-piste skiing.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorism is a threat around the world. Although there are no recent incidents of terrorism in the country.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : N/A

There is no threat for female visitors in Switzerland. We advise to use common sense and avoid public drunkenness places if you are alone, as well as other silliness.

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WHAT TO DO?

Totally in Switzerland more than 600 museums, each city possesses a Theater and Symphony Orchestra. In a multi-language Switzerland, where population speaks German, French and Italian, the cuisine is also very diverse. Fondue and raclette are common in French cantons. Sausages and “ryoshti” in German. Thin slices of Prosciutto and risotto in Italian-speaking Ticino. Among main attractions to visit for Switzerland’s newcomers are The Matterhorn (fantastic peak the highest in Switzerland), Jungfraujoch (Train journey to this top of the Europe, will be remembered for a long time), Lake Geneva (the largest Alpine lake in Europe) and Chateau de Chillon (the beautiful middle age castle of the shore of the Geneva Lake).

Useful Information

Visa is not required for US visitors for stays under 90 days. Make sure your passport has at least 90 months’ validity from your planned date of return.
The official currency of the country is Swiss Franc. On the SafeAround’s opinion, the most convenient way to exchange the money is to withdraw them using your credit card from the local ATM. This way you are absolutely secured and will definitely receive the favorable exchange rate.
All year round the weather in Switzerland is moderate. July – August the day temperature is in between 18-28°C. In winter period from the late dates of December to February the range of the temperature is fluctuates around -3° to 7°C.
Zurich airport is known as the busiest airport in the country. In order to obtain more information about the airport and how to commute to and out of the air hub, visit the official website: https://www.zurich-airport.com/ If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.