7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly:  11​h
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Geneva
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Basel
— Few hours
train:  1​h 15​min
Lucerne
— 1 night
train + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
New York City

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 28th (Fri), kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

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New York City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in July, with highs in Zurich at 78°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Geneva.

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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen

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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 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve.

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You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 58°F at night. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Zermatt.

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Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 30th (Sun), enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

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Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Lauterbrunnen.

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Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

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Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen vacation planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. In July in Lauterbrunnen, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Basel.

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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel and then don't miss a visit to Rathaus (Municipio).

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You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Basel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lauterbrunnen in August, you will find days in Basel are a bit warmer (78°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Lucerne.

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Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel
Rathaus (Municipio)
Rathaus (Municipio)

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Sammlung Rosengart, then snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, and then get great views at The Nine Towers.

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You can take a train from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

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Sammlung Rosengart ©
Sammlung Rosengart
The Nine Towers ©
The Nine Towers
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

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