8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Seattle

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Markuskirche, Mt Pilatus, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich holiday planner.

Seattle, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Seattle in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Zurich, with lows of 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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.
On the 13th (Fri), have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken online vacation planner .

Getting from Zurich to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. March in Interlaken sees daily highs of 51°F and lows of 33°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murrenbach Waterfalls
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
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 (Sun), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and then get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Geneva online holiday planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Geneva are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature 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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