What’s the first thought that comes to your mind when we say ‘Switzerland’? Cheese, chocolates and clocks! This beautiful European nation that always runs on time is definitely known for these things but there’s more to it. And the best way to experience it is to explore it! If you plan to visit Switzerland anytime soon, we have put together a list of useful travel itineraries here starting with a short 3-day Switzerland itinerary going up to a detailed 7 days Swiss itinerary that will allow you to experience the scenic country at leisure. You can pick an itinerary depending upon the number of days you plan to spend in Switzerland! Go ahead and check out which plan is for you!
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3 Days Switzerland ItineraryIf you have just 3 days in Switzerland, we would advise you to include only the cities of Zurich and Bern in your 3-day Switzerland itinerary. Day 1: Zurich’s Old Town and Museum of Fine Arts Want a glimpse of Switzerland’s past? Then set off for Zurich’s Old Town showcasing the country’s historical medieval houses, narrow lanes and town hall. The pedestrians-only streets welcome you to the typical Swiss restaurants and cafes serving lip-smacking delicacies and beverages. Peterskirche (Peter's Church), featuring Europe's largest clock-face, is the star attraction of this vicinity! Few minutes away is the Kunsthaus Zurich (Museum of Fine Arts) displaying 4000 paintings, sculptures and installations, some of them belonging to the Middle Ages. Prominent works of Swiss artists such as Johann Heinrich Fussli and Peter Fischli are exhibited too. This museum is a must-visit for art-lovers! Day 2: Zurich - Bern How to spend 3 days in switzerland? Well, there’s abundance of greenery in Zurich and if you need proof, check out the Chinese Garden! Dedicated to the ‘Three Friends of Winter’, the Chinese Garden is a spectacular, rectangular garden featuring a pond with a small island as the central figure. Offered as a gift from China, this green space presents a water palace with its terrace revealing essential features of the garden. The open galleries are beautified with over 500 still lifes and landscapes. Catch the train to Bern, the capital of Switzerland. It’s only one-hour away. The first thing that you need to see in the capital is Bärengraben or Bear Pit -an enclosure housing bears. There’s even a city-based legend associated with this creature!
Day 3: Bern’s Einsteinhaus and Departure While in Bern, you must also Einsteinhaus, the former residence of Albert Einstein. It has been restored in such a manner that it reflects Einstein’s stay in Bern. It’s in this city that the famous scientist developed the scientific concept of ‘Theory of Relativity’. For a different experience, check out the Tierpark Dählhölzli, a public zoo with 3000 animals like grey wolves, brown bear, bison and Carpathian lynx.
4 Days in SwitzerlandIf you have 4 days to spare, you can plan your 4-day Switzerland itinerary to cover the cities of
. Day 1: Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse and Swiss National Museum Thankfully, it’s not a crime to be a spendthrift in Switzerland! So, spend some time and money in Zurich’s Bahnhofstrasse, the main downtown street of the city. It is often regarded as one of the most expensive shopping avenues in the world. There are fashion shops, jewellery stores, souvenir shops, upscale restaurants…anything you can possibly want! Proceed towards the Swiss National Museum, just a kilometre away from Bahnhofstrasse. The Swiss National Museum flaunts extensive assortment of collections relating to Stone Age and later years. Don’t overlook the Swiss coins kept here.
Day 2: Zurich’s Opera House and Lake Zurich Zurich’s Opera House brings to you performances by renowned artists. International stars such as Diana Damrau, Cecilia Cartoli and Emily Magee have already performed here. The tickets can be booked through the official website. You can walk down from Sechseläutenplatz, the largest public square in Zurich that’s right in front of the Opera House to Lake Zurich. The serenity of this sun-soaked lake is apt for people wishing to enjoy some alone time, away from the maddening crowd. If you’re lucky enough to be here on a sunny and clear day, you can catch a glimpse of the snow-clad Alps far away! Zurich is a good city for walking and if you walk for a little more than 1 km along the lakefront, you will reach the verdant China Garden. Day 3: Zurich to Geneva In the dazzling beauty that is Switzerland, places to visit in 4 days are not much. But, to make the most of the short time, take a train to Geneva, a journey that lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. You must not miss visiting Lake Geneva. With jaw-dropping scenic beauty of the lake and snow-laden Alps, this area provides the apt sight for nature lovers. On land, there are adventure parks, ziplining, biking trails and lots more. On water, go for a romantic boat cruise. You can easily spend an entire day here.
Day 4: Natural History Museum of Geneva - Museum of Art and History This picturesque city in Switzerland is so alluring that even a Geneva 3 day itinerary will not suffice! However, since we are short on time, let's explore the biggest natural history museum of Switzerland, the Natural History Museum of Geneva. It has collections of Coleoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera. There are glass models of invertebrates too. Now, head towards Museum of Art and History – the largest art museum of the city, containing paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. More than 1 million exposition pieces are displayed in this museum.
5 Days in Switzerland
Here’s the 5-day Switzerland itinerary that inspires you to explore the Swiss cities of Geneva and Lucerne like never before!Day 1: Lake Geneva While in Geneva, a visit to Lake Geneva area should be on top of your travel itinerary! With spellbinding beauty of the lake and snowy Alps, this area turns out to be absolutely photogenic. Land-based activities include ziplining and biking trails. Else, go for a romantic boat cruise with your partner. You can spend the whole day here.
Day 2: Geneva’s Museum of Art and History If you love art, head to the Museum of Art and History, a huge art museum comprising over 1 million exposition pieces. You can opt for an audio guide available in French, German and English languages. Your next stop can be the Natural Museum of Geneva. Do add this point of interest in your 5 days Switzerland itinerary. Day 3: Geneva – Lucerne Take the train to Lucerne, that lasts 2 hours 45 minutes. Once you reach Lucerne, Lake Lucerne will be an unignorable tourist attraction. This large, gorgeous water body has a rather peculiar shape. You can navigate the perimeter of it by train and road. Steamers and passenger boats run on the waters. The Kapellbrucke can be next on your travel list! It’s a time-honoured wooden bridge, regarded unique due to its visually-appealing interior paintings.
Day 4: Lucerne’s Lion Monument and Swiss Museum of Transport The Lion Monument, a rock relief in Lucerne, commemorates the Swiss Guards who were massacred in the French Revolution. Mark Twain, the world-renowned American writer, describes the sculpture of the wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world." Add this hotspot to your 5 days Switzerland itinerary. At 2.5 kilometres from the Lion Monument is the Swiss Museum of Transport displaying all types of transport from locomotive to automobiles to ships to communication technology. This is a Mecca for those interested in vehicular technology. Day 5: Lucerne-Geneva Spend half of your day at leisure. You can visit other tourist attractions such as Pilatus, Culture and Convention Centre and Jesuit Church.
6 Days itinerary for SwitzerlandWondering how to spend 6 days in Switzerland? Read our 6-day Switzerland itinerary before that shows you the best of Geneva, Bern and Interlaken. Day 1: Geneva’s Jet d'Eau (Water Jet) and Jardin Anglais (English Garden) Check out the symbol of Geneva and its most popular landmark - Jet d’Eau. It is the world’s tallest fountain spewing water 459 feet into the air. Located in the middle of Lake Geneva, Jet d’Eau can be observed from numerous downtown locales. Since you have just arrived in Geneva on this day, you should spend some peaceful time in the Jardin Anglais. Jardin Anglais is an urban park featuring grand trees, royal mountains and marvellous architecture. Do add this in your 6 days Switzerland itinerary!
Day 2: Geneva’s Religious Places You may spend the day exploring the religious places in Geneva! Step into these hotspots: Russian Orthodox Church, Calvin Auditorium, Cathedral of St. Pierre, and Temple Saint-Gervais. Do check out their opening and closing times before making any plans for them.
Day 3: Geneva to Bern Travel by train from Geneva to Bern, a journey that lasts on an average 1 hour 51 minutes. In Bern, check out the Bärengraben, home to bears – an animal that symbolises the city. Visit Einsteinhaus, the former residence of the famous scientist Albert Einstein.
Day 4: Bern’s Old City The medieval centre of Bern, the Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site bordered on three sides by the river Aare. It features the world’s tallest cathedral along with buildings belonging to different periods. With modern elements co-existing here, the Old City is a great example of how to preserve the old and the new together. You can conveniently spend the entire day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 5: Bern to Interlaken Travel from Bern to Interlaken by train, a journey that lasts on an average 50 minutes. In Interlaken the first place to spend your time is around Lake Thun. This long and narrow lake has blue, clear waters, surrounded by mountains and villages. You can take a stroll by the lake, taking in the fresh air and feeling absolutely refreshed. Go for a boat ride on the waters.
7 Days itinerary in SwitzerlandA week in Switzerland can be totally magical and unforgettable! Our 7-day Switzerland itinerary below encourages you to experience such elements. Day 1: Zurich’s Old Town and Museum of Fine Arts On your first day, Zurich’s Old Town is the perfect place to check out the nation’s past and experience it! With historical medieval houses, narrow lanes and town hall, it is a tourist attraction not to be ignored. Later, step into the Museum of Fine Arts flaunting 4000 paintings, sculptures and installations, some of them belonging to the Middle Ages.
Day 2: Zurich’s Opera House and Lake Zurich Zurich’s Opera House displays diverse performances by renowned artists. International stars such as Diana Damrau, Cecilia Cartoli and Emily Magee have performed here. Lake Zurich is not far off! It’s tranquil and nature-rich ambience is what a traveller wants for some ‘Me’ time.
Day 3: Zurich to Geneva Take a train to Geneva, a journey that lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. Lake Geneva area is a must-visit tourist destination and an integral part of any Zurich itinerary! With spellbinding gorgeousness of the lake and snow-laden Alps, avid photographers will want to click a few shots. Want some adrenaline rush? Then take part in the rides of adventure parks and go for ziplining and biking. To rekindle the romance between you and your partner opt for a romantic boat cruise. Spend an entire day here. Day 4: Geneva’s Religious Places and Local Markets What's next on your Switzerland itinerary of 7 days? Well, you can explore the religious places of Geneva. Visit these hotspots: Russian Orthodox Church, Calvin Auditorium, Cathedral of St. Pierre, and Temple Saint-Gervais. On two days of the week – Wednesday and Saturday – city’s Plainpalais Square becomes an active marketplace selling diverse items from old war souvenirs to sofas.
Day 5: Geneva to Bern Travel by train from Geneva to Bern, a journey that lasts on an average 1 hour 51 minutes. In Bern, check out the Bärengraben, home to bears – an animal that symbolises the city. Visit Einsteinhaus, the former residence of the famous scientist Albert Einstein.
Day 6: Bern’s Old City Bern’s Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the world’s tallest cathedral along with buildings that belong to different eras. With modern elements co-existing here, The Old City is a great example of how to preserve the old and the new together. You can conveniently spend the whole day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 7: Food Tour and Departure Take a food tour on this day to relish the different delicacies of the city and the Swiss region. There are numerous food tour operators functioning in Bern, so finding them is not really a Herculean Task! Later, travel back to Zurich for your international, return flight.