Things to know about self-catering Switzerland

There are an abundance of attractions, sights, activities and culinary experiences which await you should to decide to spend your next holiday in one of our holiday homes in Switzerland. In order to help you make the most of your stay in your chosen self-catering holiday accommodation we have outlined some things which we feel are worth-knowing and bearing in mind during your holiday in our Swiss apartments, chalets and Swiss holiday cottages to rent. It is always advisable to do some research on whichever of our destinations you decide upon for your next holiday with friends, family or your partner.

What should I know before self-catering in Switzerland?

Whilst we are sure that you will feel right at home during your stay in our holiday lettings in Switzerland, there are differences in culture, customs and other practicalities including driving rules which are important to understand. For example, did you know that there is not only one language spoken in Switzerland and the Swiss culture is very diverse? The country has 4 official languages; French, German, Italian and Romansh – although you will probably find during your stay in out Swiss apartments and other Switzerland accommodation that many people speak very good English.

Public holidays and celebrations in Switzerland

Public holidays and important cultural celebrations also tend to vary from country to country so it is worth finding our if any of them fall duirng your time in your chosen holiday accommodation. National holidays often provide a great opportunity to delve into the culture of a country and gain and authentic insight into the lives of its inhabitants. Some noteworthy public holidays and celebrations which we would recommend trying to visit whilst self-catering in our Swiss apartments include the Swiss National Day, which falls on the 1st of August and is celebrated with huge fireworks displays, parades, live concerts and street parties.

Make the most of your self-catering Switzerland holidays

We’ve outlined below some of the major holidays and celebrations that take place throughout the year in Switzerland so you can see whether any of them will affect you during your stay in our self-catering holiday homes in Switzerland. There are of course plenty of other Swiss apartments, it is just worth bearing some of these dates in mind if you happen to be travelling and renting our self-catering holiday accommodation in Switzerland at the time.

Public holidays and celebrations in Switzerland

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day – Neujahrstag
  • January 2nd – Berchtolds Day
  • January 6th – Epiphany
  • March 1st – Republic Day (Neuchâtel only)
  • March 19th – St. Joseph’s Day (certain regions)
  • April 7th - Näfelser Fahrt – commemorates the Battle of Näfels (Glarus only)
  • March/April – Easter Weekend
  • Typically towards the end of April - Sechseläuten – traditional Swiss Spring holiday in Zurich
  • May – Mothers’ Day
  • Ascension Day – 40 days after Easter
  • First Sunday in June – Fathers’ Day
  • Whit Monday – 50 days after Easter
  • Corpus Christi – about 60 days after Easter – a holiday in some regions
  • August 1st - National Public Holiday
  • December 8th – Immaculate Conception Day
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 26th – St. Stephen’s Day

Getting around whilst self-catering Switzerland

If you are planning on hiring a car during your time in our Swiss holiday accommodation options, then you should bear in mind that Switzerland is a geographically diverse country and so therefore you will have to adapt to a wide range of driving conditions – which are also of course affect by the time of year during which you decide to stay in our carefully selected holiday homes and apartments in Switzerland. It is also worth noting that if you are planning on driving on the motorway in Switzerland, you will need special permits which are available at customs and larger petrol stations.

Daily life in Switzerland - holiday accommodation

Switzerland consistently ranks amongst the best places to live, offering its inhabitants a high standard of education, healthcare and quality of life. The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc, not the Euro, so it is advisable to change some currency into Swiss Franc either before departure or on arrival at your chosen holiday lettings in Switzerland. Please note that the electricity in your holiday homes in Switzerland is likely to flow at between 220V and 240V. You may also find that shops and other businesses open earlier - it is not uncommon for them to be open at 6am - but then close earlier also; which is worth remembering if you need to go food shopping.