9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Thun
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: London

1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Best of Switzerland Tours. On the 4th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat, and then go all around town with Best of Switzerland Tours.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel planner.

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Tours
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Limmat ©
Limmat
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cheese Factory at Engelberg, Fortress Furigen and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): get behind the scenes at Cheese Factory at Engelberg, then see the interesting displays at Fortress Furigen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and finally identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne holiday planner.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Thun.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Museums Tours

Side Trips

Fortress Furigen, Cheese Factory at Engelberg
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch

3
nights
Thun

Thun ©
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Giessbach Waterfall, Schloss Thun, Parasailing & Paragliding, and other attractions you added. There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church Scherzligen.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Thun holiday planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Thun by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Thun sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Thun

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Reichenbach Falls, The Eiger Trail, Staubbach Waterfall, Giessbachfälle
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Schloss THUN ©
Schloss THUN
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Maison Cailler. On the 9th (Wed), Head underground at Grottes de Vallorbe, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame, and then learn the secrets of production at Maison Cailler. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Lavey-les-Bains, then steep yourself in history at Vieille-Ville de Montreux, and then identify plant and animal life at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Thun to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Lausanne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, Maison Cailler Chocolaterie, Lavey-les-Bains, Grottes de Vallorbe, Eglise Notre Dame
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Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Lavey-les-Bains ©
Lavey-les-Bains
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 11th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicholas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Papiliorama, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftung Jesuitenkirche Solothurn, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Ursenkathedrale.

For more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Bern sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 12th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Solothurn, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Papiliorama
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Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Papiliorama ©
Papiliorama
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

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