9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lucerne
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to South Bend Regional Airport

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Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 6th (Tue), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): visit Old Town and then fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne attractions planner.

South Bend, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from South Bend in September, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, then explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online trip builder.

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then get great views at Gornergrat, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt road trip planner.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and then see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bern online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.