What is a classical tourist country? Elegant towns and famous resorts with cozy hotels, historical museums and cultural events, monuments and beautiful nature -- so are the key lures to draw travelers. Switzerland has all of this, and even more. Its nature is so inexpressibly beautiful that the country doesn't need anything else to make it more eye-catching. Majestic mountains, crystal lakes and picturesque hill slopes create an illusion of some fantastic world where silence and serenity rule. On a small territory of Switzerland all beauties of nature and outstanding masterpieces of humanity are concentrated.
Switzerland is rich in small uniquely-tinted towns. Bill is a 'capital of clocks', Kur is the most ancient city in the country (about 2500 B.C.), Afoltern and Emmental are famous for their cheese making exhibitions, Romon homes a popular glass-painting museum. The west of the country where picturesque mountains are situated is a vast natural park with deep canyons, beautiful lakes and grand mountain slopes planted with vineyards. A place of special interest is La-Scho-de-Fon where the Swiss International museum of watches is situated.
Lake Geneva which shores are considered the most beautiful in the world is worth looking at, indeed. Mountain skiing resorts are the main decoration of the country. Due to their number and service quality, this European country holds a leading position in the world. When in Switzerland, hardly will you resist its charm. But to get to such a paradise you need a visa first which can be received when turning to Switzerland embassy or consulate in your country.
There are two types of visas available at Switzerland embassy, which difference is subject to travel purpose. If you travel as a tourist you need a tourist visa. To grant such a visa Switzerland embassy will ask you to submit a valid passport, a filled in application form (one copy) with a photo, evidence of a hotel room reservation, air or railway tickets with fixed dates, and insurance policy.
One more visa type is a business visa. A standard list of documents is to be supplemented by a letter of invitation from the inviting Swiss company covering the information about the purpose and term of your stay in the country. It must also provide guarantees of all the guest's expenses while staying in the country to be paid. As a rule, the first business visa is valid a month long and allows you to stay in the country for less than 10 days. A validity term of the second business visa is three months, and you may stay in the country during 14 days. The third business visa has juridical effect during six months, and it increases the term of your possible stay in the country up to 30 days. A salary certificate indicating your job position is also required when applying for a visa.
You should also remember that you cannot go to Switzerland and other countries of the European Union with the same visa. For this you will need a Schengen Visa. It is not very convenient when planning a European tour, but in other cases a national visa of the country granted by Switzerland embassy will be enough. So, do not miss the opportunity to get to fancy tale. All left to wish is good luck!