8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Interlaken
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 1 night
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Zurich
— 3 nights
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Interlaken — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Interlaken tour planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Interlaken due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in April; daily highs in Interlaken reach 58°F and lows reach 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can catch the train 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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat and then tour along fresh powder with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Geneva sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

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Getting from Geneva to Zurich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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