8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Lucerne
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Basel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Minneapolis

1
day
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, then admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and then get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne vacation planner .

Minneapolis, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Minneapolis to Lucerne. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Indipendenza, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle of Sasso Corbaro.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bellinzona sightseeing tool .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bellinzona in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro

1
night
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and finally admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Basel sightseeing planner .

Getting from Bellinzona to Basel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, daytime highs in Basel are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Grindelwald Area.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

1
night
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen ©
Jungfrau Region consists of two valleys north of the Jungfrau, a popular mountain-climbing destination standing 4,158 m (13,642 ft).
On the 4th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald Area travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Basel to Grindelwald Area in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

3
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.
Collection de l'Art Brut and Maison Tavel will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle) and Eglise Russe. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Place de la Palud (in Lausanne) and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards (in Montreux). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grindelwald Area to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
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Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut
Maison Tavel ©
Maison Tavel
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

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