5 days in Switzerland Itinerary

5 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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5 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Bern
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Geneva
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: London

1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 3rd (Tue), get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche Enge, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Zurich, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from London in January since evenings lows in Zurich dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Kirche Enge ©
Kirche Enge
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look and learn at Swiss Museum of Transport, then appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, then examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, and finally explore the world behind art at Sammlung Rosengart.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums

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Glasi Hergiswil
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Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

1
night
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bern are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. On the 5th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Neighborhoods
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
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 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt tour planner.

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parish Church of St. Mauritius ©
Parish Church of St. Mauritius
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): browse the exhibits of Maison Tavel, then learn more about the world around you at Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, then see the interesting displays at Chateau de Penthes, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Geneva custom trip planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites
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Maison Tavel ©
Maison Tavel
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde ©
Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde

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