8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland travel route planner

Make it your trip
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Geneva
— 1 night
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Geneva

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 5th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Geneva journey app.

Bucharest, Romania to Geneva is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bucharest to Geneva, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Bucharest in May, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Geneva: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 5 — 6:

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montreux trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 6 — 7:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern journey planning site.

Getting from Montreux to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 7 — 9:

Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lucerne visit planner.

You can drive from Bern to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

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.