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Switzerland, with its picture postcard scenery and stunning snow capped Alps, reputation for the finest, especially luxury chocolates and watches, attracts numerous property buyers. If you are thinking of buying a Swiss property, read on to learn more about this beautiful country, the Playground of Europe.

Country profile

Located in Central Europe, this landlocked country shares its borders with France, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany and Italy. Cantons (areas) on the Swiss plateau enjoy warm summers and mild winters while those at higher altitudes experience cool summers and cold, snowy winters.

With one of the world’s most stable and competitive economies,the fifth highest GDP per capita and lowest unemployment rate, it is little wonder that Swiss property for sale attracts plenty of interest.

Outstanding healthcare is provided to all residents through compulsory basic health insurance policies covering a range of treatments. Supplementary private health insurance is also available for those wishing to top up their basic cover.

Boasting some of the finest culinary institutes and renowned for having one of the world’s best education systems, this Alpine country with its free high-quality education ranks high on the list of discerning international property buyers with school-age children.

Switzerland has a population of 8.3 million and enjoys the status of having four national languages; German, French, Italian and Romansh. The high cost of living, far from being a deterrent, draws thousands of buyers, eager to snap up the luxurious houses and apartments in Switzerland.

Residents of Swiss houses enjoy a top-class lifestyle, filled with cultural activities and sports. For a spot of Jazz, attend the Montreux Jazz festival. Film buffs will love the Locarno International Film Festival. If you enjoy carnivals, don’t miss Fasnacht, the spectacular annual carnival with its floats, costumed performers and brass band.

Among the country’s popular sports are Sailing, Soccer, Skiing and Figure Skating. Those who feel so inclined can also try their hands at Schwingen and Hornussen, traditional Swiss sports.

Switzerland property market

With plenty of luxury Swiss real estate for sale, international buyers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a property here.

If you’re after a modern and minimal Swiss ski chalet or you prefer something cosy and romantic, holiday homes in the glittering resort towns of Davos and St. Moritz are sure to impress. Villas in Switzerland and traditional Swiss farms are also a popular choice.

Available in Zürich, Bern and Geneva are upmarket Swiss apartments within walking distance of department stores and public transport. If you are looking for detached houses in Switzerland, Vaud has a number worth viewing.

A highly regulated property market, specific work permits, several legal requirements and property taxes make purchasing and owning a Swiss property a complex process. We strongly recommend assistance from one of our agents; we’re well-versed in country and canton-specific legal requirements; we can also advise on the associated taxes to ensure the process of becoming the owner of a beautiful property in Switzerland is hassle-free.

Winkworth International has a comprehensive portfolio of exceptional properties in Switzerland and would be happy to help you with your purchase. Contact us for your requirements or in the event that you are looking to sell your Swiss property.