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Drinking age in Switzerland


The official legal drinking age in Switzerland is 16, which is great for kids that are traveling with their parents there. There are some of the finest wines, spirits, and beers in the world there, and it’s a shame to not be able to enjoy them when you’re a visiting tourist and a teenager. It’s a memorable experience to sip down an icy cold draught at the top of a mountain hotel by a warm fireside, especially when it’s one of the best brews in the world. There’s nothing quite like it, and it’s once-in-a-lifetime experience. The laws governing drinking, like in most European countries, are rarely enforced unless decorum is broken or a problem develops. If you’re driving while drunk, especially if it results in damage to persons or property, you can get severe and swift punishment, which could include big fines and potential imprisonment.

The legal drinking age is divided in Switzerland, just like it is in Amsterdam. It is 18 for hard spirits, and it is 16 for beer and wine. That rule applies to buying, consuming, and possessing, and it’s a more reasonable drinking age law than other countries that just put a flat yes or no on one age. It’s better to divide it out by type of alcohol. It makes more sense.

Switzerland has recently implemented new laws to prevent abuse by young drinkers. There is a ban on retail sales form 10 Pm to 6 AM, and bars wouldn’t longer be allowed to have happy hours or have unlimited drink offerings during that period.

A nighttime ban would protect young drinkers from abusing their alcoholic-drinking privileges. Restaurants and bars would also offer non-alcoholic drinks at lower prices than the cheapest alcohol beverages on sale.

If you’re traveling to Switzerland with your family, you’re probably at an age where you can drink something, whether it be beer, spirits, or wine. If you want to really enjoy yourself while you’re there, think about trying some of the finer local brews, instead of just trying out imported beers. The beer in Switzerland is pretty amazing, and the ale, as it is known in some places, is out of this world. Try to visit some of the more famous pubs and get a taste for real European beer. When you come back home from visiting with your family, you’ll have a good memory of the event, and it will have been one of your most amazing drinking experiences. If you’re ever visiting from America, and it’s your first drinking experience outside of the country, you’ll never forget about it. It’s the whole environment, atmosphere, setting, and location that gives you something to remember, and not just the superb quality of the beer or the people that you meet while you’re in the pub. Be sure to take a lot of pictures when you’re in the pub and savor the flavors of some of the finest beers in the whole world. Switzerland is known around the world for its beer quality. There are few countries in the world that have that kind of quality in their beers.




  1. Ethan Murdock says:

    Very fine country. Maybe me parents took me at fifteen for a reason

  2. The Expert says:

    Well i live nearby the Swiss border and Switzerland has a federal drinking age, but the cantons have the possebility to selcet their own restrictions. The drinkins age is regulated by the Swiss:
    2000-1067 573
    (LMV) | Last change 27. March 2002.

    It does prohibit selling, serving and consuming alcoholic bavereages below the age of 16 years. But the “Swiss regulation for spirits based drinks” additional prohibits selling, serving or drinking liquers below the age of 18. The only state which has stricter laws is the canton Ticino prohibiting selling and consumption of any type of alcohol by minors under the age of 18 (in general).
    Some supermarkets or shops may not sell alcohol below the age of 18.
    The legal age to smoke differs from state to stae. Mostly its 16 or 18.

  3. Christian says:

    I’m not sure where you get all the heavenly praise for beer. The most frequently sold beer in Switzerland, Feldschlösschen, is anything but exciting. True, there is a growing number of local breweries and smaller breweries (as well as specialty beers from larger breweries), but the standard “Stange” (usually 3dl) is quite bland.

    Furthermore, Swiss bars typically have one or two kinds of beer on tap, a far cry from, say, the USA or Canada.

    And let us not forget that the majority of “Swiss” breweries actually belong to one of the two or three largest beer corporations in the world. Heineken, for instance, owns Calanda, Eichhof, Ittinger, Haldengut, Erdinger and Ziegelhof. Carlsberg owns Feldschlösschen, which in produces brands such as Feldschlösschen, Hürlimann, Cardinal, Carlsberg and Tuborg. Many of these taste almost identical, and it has been rumored that sometimes, the only difference is the label.


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