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The Alpine country of Switzerland is famous for its ski resorts in winter and meadow scenery by summer and is packed with beautiful vistas...
However, its road network is superb. Fast, modern motorways and well-maintained national and local roads help you to reach a huge number of cities, towns and mountain villages. With the mighty Alps straddling the entire country, you are never far away from iconic mountains such as the Eiger and the Matterhorn which can be climbed by trains and cable cars from the car parks in the villages below.
The country is serviced by six international airports: Geneva (GVA), Zurich (ZRH), Basle (BSL), SION (SIR), Bern (BRN) and Lugano (LUG). Hire cars can be picked up from all of these locations in addition to many downtown locations in the cities and towns.
Cities, mountain tops and picture-postcard Alpine villages are all on the agenda when exploring Switzerland by hire car...
History and culture lovers should explore Geneva and its museums and art galleries or perhaps take a trip to Berne for its old-town feel. If a bustling nightlife is what you're looking for, Zurich is the place to go. With influences from France, Germany and Italy, the choice of cuisine and fine wines in the city's restaurants is endless. Parking in Switzerland's cities is strictly zoned so stick to parking in public car parks to avoid any issues.
Beyond the excitement of the cities, Switzerland has more to offer visitors than just great skiing in winter. Resorts such as Mont Blanc, Zermatt and St Moritz deliver second-to-none ski facilities but also provide other year-round activities. During the summer months the stunning mountains are ideal for hiking, walking and biking. You will find breath-taking views as you explore lakes such as Lake Geneva or visit the spectacular Rhine Falls, the largest in Europe, located in northern Switzerland.
From its cities to the mountains, rolling hills and lakes, this country is full of stunning sights to explore by car.
As a country with contrasting seasons, it's important to be aware of some key tips when driving in Switzerland...
This country is famous for its snow-topped mountains and ski resorts so it's no surprise that the weather can be harsh at times during the winter. Do ensure when picking up your vehicle that you are equipped with snow chains if appropriate and a roof rack for any ski equipment you need.
In Switzerland car hire can provide easy access by road to most tourist attractions using the motorway network. Toll roads are common here so check whether your car is fitted with a tag, locally known as a Vignette, to avoid a costly bill.