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Even though it’s an international finance center, the largest city in Switzerland is all but boring. Have you heard of the famous Bahnhofstrasse?  Book a flight to Zurich.

Zurich stands near a lake with the same name and has a great public transport system. And the biggest chinese garden outside China.

Travel through time — and water

The Old City is emblematic, especially on the Niederdorf area. Close by are the grandiose Grossmünster and Fraumünster churches. After seeing the views from mountain Uetliberg, there’s the boat trip on the lake and river Limmat. You might even end up going to see the breathtaking Rhine Falls.

Treat yourself!

Good shopping means heading to Bahnhofstrasse. You won’t resist the chocolats of Sprüngli, a house founded in 1836. Mind also the Swiss National Museum, an enchanted castle, and Kunsthaus’ great European collection. Don’t forget to spend a night at the casino. And then, drinks at the trendy district of Zürich-West!

Culture and Business

On a business trip, knowing the culture and customs of the country you are visiting can have a big impact on the success of your business.

Before leaving

Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.

Climate

The climate in Switzerland is moderate, influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Average temperatures vary greatly depending on altitude, with Zurich averaging around 19°C in summer and 0°C in winter.

Time zone

GMT + 1

Geography and Politics

Switzerland is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons. It is located in central Europe, bordering Germany to the north, France to the west, Italy to the south and Austria and the principality of Liechtenstein to the east.

Tips and Payment

The Swiss Franc (CHF) is the currency of Switzerland. Although a service charge is already included in restaurant bills, if you are satisfied with the service you can round up the bill.

Language and expressions to memorize

There are four official languages in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Romansh. It is advisable to speak the dominant language of the canton you are going to visit, but English is also widely spoken in large companies, so inquire beforehand.

What to do

Always be on time. Punctuality is very important in Swiss culture, both at work and in social situations. Be sensitive about where the Swiss with whom you interact come from, as the culture varies according to the region.

What not to do

Never throw trash to the ground. Although it is something that should never be done in any country, in Switzerland there will be repercussions. The Swiss are extremely careful with the environment, and take great pride in their clean and organized cities. Do not be too exuberant in business and do not mix personal matters with business matters.

What to wear

It is important to look professional and well cared for. Choose a formal and conservative style - suit and tie for men and a suit or dress for women. Use discreet and stylish accessories.

First contact

When meeting someone in a formal context, greet him or her with a handshake. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a box of quality (Swiss) chocolates or bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation. You should always use the title followed by the surname when addressing someone - only use the first name if you are asked to do so.