9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern
— 1 night
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Europuddle, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip builder.

Zurich to Lucerne is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Brienz to see Lake Brienz about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, hike along The Eiger, explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

Discover how to plan a Grindelwald trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the activities along Stellisee, then see the winter wonderland with Sunnegga, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally trek along 5 Lakes Walk. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally explore the activities along Riffelsee.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder tool.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Bern — 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary website.

Getting from Zermatt to Bern by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to take a train back home.
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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.
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