8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Zurich
— 1 day
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Geneva — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Geneva tour planning app.

Boston, USA to Geneva is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Geneva. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge. On the next day, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Geneva in July, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are little chillier, around 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally appreciate the history behind Lion Monument. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station and then take in the awesome beauty at Titlis.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lucerne online travel planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Zurich.
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Zurich — 1 day

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich vacation planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to 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.
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