9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Thun
— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Thun — 3 nights

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Kids will appreciate attractions like Aare River and Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Explore Thun's surroundings by going to Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Thunersee, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and stroll around Schadau Park.

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London, UK to Thun is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from London to Thun, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Thun to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips

Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 6th (Sat), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along 5 Lakes Walk, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planning site.

You can take a train from Thun to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

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 Lake Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Europuddle & Lake Zurich). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride back home.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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.