8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern
— 1 night
Train
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Zurich is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in January, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Museums

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Bern

City of Bears

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 25th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Bern trip builder tool.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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Zermatt

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 26th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. On the next day, get outside with Gornergrat, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Nature
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Geneva

Capital of Peace

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): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then make a trip to The Flower Clock. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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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.