8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Raleigh
Fly + train:  17​h 30​min
1
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Raleigh

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chillon and Kleine Scheidegg. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Zermatt (Kapelle Riffelberg "Bruder Klaus" & The Matterhorn). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken day trip planning website .

Raleigh, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Raleigh in December, expect nights in Interlaken to be a bit cooler, around 25°F, while days are much colder, around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zermatt, Chateau de Chillon
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Mt Pilatus. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Kirche Enge. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Kunsthalle Luzern, & more). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich driving holiday planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Zurich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in December: highs in Zurich hover around 41°F, while lows dip to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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