8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Interlaken
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Zurich

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt). On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Zurich online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

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Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): cruise along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken vacation planning site .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

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Parasailing & Paragliding
Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir ©
Albert Schild AG - Swisssouvenir

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nights
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 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take in the views from Hangebrucke, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To find reviews and tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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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.
On the 15th (Tue), explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

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Zurich to Geneva is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

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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