9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + train:  13​h 15​min
1
Interlaken
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Interlaken

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.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald), Molitor (in Wengen) and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum (in Bern). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, shop like a local with Galerie Wydi, and admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken driving holiday planning tool .

New York City, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Interlaken to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bern, Grindelwald, Aletsch Glacier, Molitor, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 22nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip site .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Museums
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Bahnhofstrasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Ufschotti Park, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Mythenquai.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

You can drive from Zermatt to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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