9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 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.
On the 28th (Fri), examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geneva holiday app.

Lisbon, Portugal to Geneva is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Geneva is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in January; daily highs in Geneva reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saas-Fee.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Saas-Fee — 1 night

Saas-Fee is the main village in the Saastal, or the Saas Valley, and is a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Ski Zenit, hit the slopes at Saas-Fee Ski Resort, and then hit the slopes at Swiss Ski School Saas Fee.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Saas-Fee trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Saas-Fee in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Winter Sports · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 31st (Mon), enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Here are some ideas for day two: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, and then tour along fresh powder with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Saas-Fee to Zermatt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Bern.
Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Bern — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bern online travel route builder.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Lake Zurich. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Lindenhofplatz, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lucerne trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Lucerne are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to fly 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.