9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Zurich
Train
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Bern
— 1 night
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gruyeres
— 1 night
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

Plan my day in Zurich using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Portland, USA to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Portland to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Portland in April, you will find days in Zurich are a bit cooler (58°F), and nights are about the same (41°F). You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bern trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bern

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 23:

Lauterbrunnen

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then see the interesting displays at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen, and then get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A.. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch and then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli.

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

Traveling by car from Bern to Lauterbrunnen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Gruyeres

— 1 night
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Theodule, then steep yourself in history at Gruyeres Castle, then head outdoors with Ile d'Ogoz, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Bulle. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Les Gorges De La Jogne, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magdalena Hermitage, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de la Maigrauge.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gruyeres trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Gruyeres takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Gruyeres, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Montreux

— 2 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent, and finally contemplate the long history of Vieille-Ville de Montreux. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Montreux online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Gruyeres to Montreux by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Wineries · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Geneva

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.
To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Geneva road trip app.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. April in Geneva sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 28th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nightlife · Museums · Parks · Outdoors
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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.