8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Bern
Train:  1​h
1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
End: Bern

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Zurich (Lake Zurich, Fraumünster Church, & more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planning website .

Bern to Lucerne is an approximately 1-hour train ride. You can also drive. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

3
nights
Interlaken

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.
When in Interlaken, make a side trip to see Grindelwald-First in Grindelwald, approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken attractions planning site .

Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): stroll through Riffelsee, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then cruise along Gornergrat.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Transportation
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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