8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva — 1 day

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Geneva online road trip planner.

Zurich to Geneva is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
Nature · Parks

Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 2nd (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bern.
Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Bern — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten. Keep things going the next day: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Aare River, then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bern travel planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Zurich.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Side Trips

Zurich — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

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

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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.