8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 1 night
Train
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne planner.

Boston, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Boston in July: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 77°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 2 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch and then trek along The Eiger. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 1 night

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 25th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bern vacation builder app.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Bern, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.