8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner
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Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, Lake Lucerne, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip tool.

Lexington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Lexington to Zurich due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lexington, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 1 night

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 8th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch and then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
On the 9th (Wed), stroll through Gornergrat, get great views at Furi Suspension Bridge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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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 10th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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