9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland route builder

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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Old Town & Bahnhofstrasse). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planner.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Lucerne is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Lucerne, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in July; daily highs in Lucerne reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

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 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger.

Plan my trip to Grindelwald with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): trek along 5-Seenweg, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip app.

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 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 7th (Sat), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally explore the activities along Aare River.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern sightseeing planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Bern by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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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.