8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Raleigh Durham International Airport, Drive to Wilmington

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Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich route planning website.

Wilmington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Wilmington to Zurich is 6 hours. Traveling from Wilmington in December, you will find days in Zurich are colder (41°F), and nights are slightly colder (30°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 20th (Wed), play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Laderach, see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stop by Jack Wolfskin Store, and finally look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.