8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland itinerary planner
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive
3
Bern
— 1 night
Drive
4
Interlaken
— 1 night
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chur
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Zurich — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lindenhofplatz. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then walk around Lindenhofplatz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder website.

Newark, USA to Zurich is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Zurich is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 24th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Eich, hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Aare River has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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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 26th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and finally look for gifts at The Mad Cow.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in August, expect nights in Interlaken to be about the same, around 54°F, while days are little chillier, around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen — 2 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen online attractions planner.

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chur.
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Chur

Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Chur online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Chur in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 29th (Mon), you're off to 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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