7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland attractions planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 1 night
Train
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Zermatt
— 1 night
Train
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Bern
— 1 night
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Lucerne

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 10th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne driving holiday planner.

Nuremberg, Germany to Lucerne is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

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 12th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then hit the slopes at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally stroll through The Eiger.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald holiday maker.

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Interlaken

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Wed), admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken holiday builder site.

Interlaken is very close to Grindelwald. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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 15th (Thu): get great views at Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then don't miss a visit to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and finally trek along Murmelweg Wanderung.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt route planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Bern

— 1 night

City of Bears

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 16th (Fri): shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern online visit planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Bern by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Canton of Bern travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Waterfalls
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.