8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland journey planner

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Drive to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Fly to Newark



— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally wander the streets of Old Town.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich sightseeing planner.

Newark, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Newark in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 76°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip


— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Visiting Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Staubbach Waterfall will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Brienz and Kleine Scheidegg. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, trek along Grosse Scheidegg, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 17th (Tue), take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Gornergrat, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors


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Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): do a tasting at Alain Chollet Winery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Les Mines De Sel De Bex, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montreux day trip planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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.