8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  15​h
1
Zurich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Train:  15​min
4
Interlaken
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Bern
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Montreux
— 1 night
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get outside with Hallenbad City and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning website .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from San Juan to Zurich, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from San Juan in April, with highs in Zurich at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip site .

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church

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Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 9th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Brienz, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then stroll around Hohematte Park, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken route maker .

Interlaken is very close to Lauterbrunnen. In April in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz

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Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the activities along Aare River, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary website .

Getting from Interlaken to Bern by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bern are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 11th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Montreux trip maker website .

Getting from Bern to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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