9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Charleston
Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Charleston

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: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Fraumünster Church, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planning app .

Charleston, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charleston to Lucerne. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Charleston in June, with highs in Lucerne at 74°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen and then get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Scenic Drive Outdoors Transportation
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum and then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva sightseeing planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by train takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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