8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  13​h
1
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Grindelwald
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Neuchatel
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Geneva
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 26th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then Head underground at Hollgrotten, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): take in the views from Titlis Cliff Walk, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, and finally see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online day trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lucerne. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington DC in May, with highs in Lucerne at 65°F and lows at 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Limmat, Hollgrotten, Titlis Cliff Walk
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Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Hollgrotten ©
Hollgrotten
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

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night
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
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On the 28th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Schellen Ursli Path, take in the awesome beauty at Piz Bernina, head outdoors with Lake Sils, take an in-depth tour of Engadine Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Olympia Bobrun, and finally make a trip to Chesa Futura.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip planner .

Getting from Lucerne to St. Moritz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in May, expect St. Moritz to be slightly colder, temps between 55°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Sils
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Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina
Lake Sils ©
Lake Sils
Engadine Museum ©
Engadine Museum

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 29th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grosse Scheidegg, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then stroll through Maennlichen Royal Walk, and finally hike along The Eiger Trail.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Eiger
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The Wetterhorn ©
The Wetterhorn
Grosse Scheidegg ©
Grosse Scheidegg
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail

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night
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
On the 30th (Sat), stop by Walder Confiseur-Chocolatier, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique de Neuchatel, get outside with Stade de la Maladiere, stroll through Jeunes Rives, then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'art et d'histoire, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum d'histoire naturelle.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Neuchatel road trip planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Neuchatel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Outdoors Parks Museums
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Stade de la Maladiere ©
Stade de la Maladiere
Jeunes Rives ©
Jeunes Rives
Jardin Botanique de Neuchatel ©
Jardin Botanique de Neuchatel

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Parc Bertrand, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Botanique Alpin de Meyrin, stroll around Mon-Repos Park, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, then admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, and finally examine the collection at Barbier-Mueller Museum (Musee Barbier-Mueller).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva vacation maker .

You can take a train from Neuchatel to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums
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Parc Bertrand ©
Parc Bertrand
Jardin Botanique Alpin de Meyrin ©
Jardin Botanique Alpin de Meyrin

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