8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  12​h 15​min
1
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Locarno
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  14​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step off the beaten path and head to Thunersee and Papiliorama. Kids will enjoy Swiss Vapeur Parc and Tierpark Dahlholzli. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Neuchatel (Monument of the Republic & Creux du Van), Room Escape Games (in Lausanne) and Zoo du Bois du Petit-Chateau (in La Chaux-de-Fonds). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye and enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bern sightseeing planning tool .

New York City, USA to Bern is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Bern at 41°F and lows at 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Neuchatel, Room Escape Games, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Papiliorama, Thunersee
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Papiliorama ©
Papiliorama
Zoo du Bois du Petit-Chateau ©
Zoo du Bois du Petit-Chateau
Tierpark Dahlholzli ©
Tierpark Dahlholzli

1
night
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, get great views at Muottas Muragl, explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, and finally get great views at Diavolezza.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read St. Moritz online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Bern to St. Moritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Morteratsch Glacier
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Piz Nair ©
Piz Nair

1
night
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, and finally make a splash at Lido Locarno.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Locarno driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Locarno in 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in December: highs in Locarno hover around 48°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Monte Tamaro
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Locarno to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake, The Eiger, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

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