Basel, Zurich, and Geneva are the centers of gay life in Switzerland, although such chic resorts as Gstaad, St. Moritz, and Arosa are also popular destinations for gay and lesbian travelers (mostly in winter). The national organization for gays in Switzerland is Pink Cross, Zinggstrasse 16, P.O. Box 7512, 3001 Bern (tel. 031/372-33-00; www.pinkcross.ch).
A city such as Zurich actively pursues the gay and lesbian market, but away from such sophisticated meccas, it should be noted that rural Switzerland remains conservative, and open displays of homosexuality may be frowned upon. Use discretion when traveling in the more remote areas.
Incidentally, the age of consent in Switzerland is 16. That pertains to boys and girls.
Except for Zurich, French-speaking Switzerland, especially Geneva, seems much more sophisticated about gaydom than the German sector. Dialogai at 11-13, rue de la Navigation in Geneva (tel. 022/906-40-40; www.dialogai.org), offers information about gay and lesbian travel in this sector of the country.