8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva — 1 night

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 28th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and then catch all the local highlights with CERN.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva journey planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Geneva is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect Geneva to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours

Zermatt — 1 night

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 30th (Sat): examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt tour planner.

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.
Tours · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Bern — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then meet the residents at Tierpark Dahlholzli, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bern online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Attractions like Lake Zurich and Rigi make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Old Town & Bahnhofstrasse). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne route builder.

Getting from Bern to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife
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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.