8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Tokyo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Grindelwald
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Bern
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Tokyo

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 (Sun): take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, and finally don't miss a visit to Stiftsbibliothek.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich route planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Tokyo to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tokyo in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Stiftsbibliothek
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

1
night
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, then take some stellar pictures from Muottas Muragl, and finally take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St. Moritz online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Zurich to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect St. Moritz to be slightly colder, temps between 18°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Morteratsch Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

1
night
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
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 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip itinerary website .

Getting from St. Moritz to Grindelwald by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

1
night
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 19th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and then don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt route builder .

Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
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 20th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, then shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and finally explore the activities along Aare River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bern trip planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Bern by train takes about 2.5 hours. September in Bern sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Gurten ©
Gurten
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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