8 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland & Lake Como Itinerary

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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bregaglia, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Varenna, Italy
— 2 nights
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Andermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 night

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, then take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken road trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Interlaken. Traveling from New York City in October, things will get little chillier in Interlaken: highs are around 57°F and lows about 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 1 night

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 1st (Tue), admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen.

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Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bregaglia.
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Bregaglia, Switzerland — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): head outdoors with Maloja Pass and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lago del Cavloc.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bregaglia visit planner.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Bregaglia in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Varenna.
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Varenna, Italy — 2 nights

Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of I Giardini di Villa Melzi, then admire the striking features of Villa del Balbianello, then admire the landmark architecture of Villa Carlotta, and finally stop by Profumeria Bellagio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Vezio, explore the stunning scenery at Orrido di Bellano, take in nature's colorful creations at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Giorgio, then admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Varenna online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bregaglia to Varenna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. November in Varenna sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Andermatt.
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Andermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): cruise along Furka Pass, get engrossed in the history at Museo Nazionale del San Gottardo, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at St Gotthard Pass, and finally see the interesting displays at Talmuseum Ursern.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Andermatt trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Varenna to Andermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then stroll through Mt Pilatus, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Andermatt to Lucerne in an hour. In November in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to fly 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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Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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