Wondering how to spend 7 days in Switzerland? We made a travel itinerary just for you. In order to cover all the special places, we did a research around this Alpine country. It took as a while... But now, we feel ready to give you the ultimate plan. Your Switzerland plan. It's a great mixture of cities, mountains, lakes, vineyards and adventure. Have a look.
7 Days in Switzerland
Before listing the travel route for 7 days in Switzerland, we suggest renting your car at rentalcars.com - a provider, we're happy with. The best would be to pick up the car after the sightseeing in Zurich, as driving in this city with all the traffic, trams, crossings and cyclers is quite challenging. Travel to Lucerne by train and pick up your car there.
Day 1 - Zurich
Your Swiss adventure starts in Zurich (the biggest airport in Switzerland). From the airport take a train to the central station called "Zürich HB". Once in the city, go and visit the Swiss National Museum. If history is not your passion, start the Zurich exploration by walking down the most famous street - Bahnhofstrasse - observe, take a photo... but hmm don't expect too much of shopping as everything is pretty expensive ;) Now, have a coffee at the Jules Verne bar which offers a panoramic view over the city. Afterwards, check out the Zurich lake shore, sit down and have a rest. Hopefully, after the break, you will still have enough of energy to stroll down the Niederdorf street to get a glimpse of the old part of the city. What, you want more? Ok then you might want to soak up a breathtaking view over the city - to do that head up to the Waid viewpoint or the mountain Uetliberg. That's more than enough for day one. (Check out our blog post about Unique Things to Do in Zurich.)
If you decide to sleep over in the city, here are two suggestions of where to stay:
Luxury accommodation: Hotel Schweizerhof Zürich
Budget accommodation: iQ130 Hotel
Zurich to Lucerne by car: 45 min
Zurich to Lucerne by train: 45 min
Day 2 - Lucerne - Pilatus or Rigi
The Lucerne area on day 2 will be a start into the nature scenery of Switzerland. Make sure to explore the city of Lucerne, as it's remarkable too but then plan enough hours for one of these two mountains: Pilatus or Rigi. Take a cable car and immerse the beauty of those views. The cheaper alternative to those two peaks is the awesome mountain called Grosser Mythen. Those who seek adrenaline, why not climbing the mountain in the early morning hours in order to witness the sunrise over the Lake Lucerne? ;) Think about it.
We'd recommend the following places to stay:
Luxury accommodation: Cascada Swiss Quality Hotel
Budget accommodation: B&B Bettstatt Neustadt
Lucerne to Interlaken by car: 1 h
Lucerne to Interlaken by train: 1 h 50 min
Day 3 - Interlaken - Niederhorn
Just one hour from Lucerne is another nature & adventure hub spot in Switzerland - Interlaken. There are so many things to do and see. Let's say choose one of these options: take a cable car to the mountain Jungfraujoch or the mountain Niederhorn, go paragliding, cycle around the Brienz Lake or simply take a swim in the lake. Not enough to choose from? Check out also the Aare Gorge, Grindelwald area or the Harder Kulm mountain. Hard to decide? Then take Niederhorn, as seen on the photo below ;)
Looking for a place to stay in Interlaken? Choose one of these:
Luxury accommodation: Hotel Bellevue
Budget accommodation: Bed & Bar No.8
Interlaken to Zermatt by car: 2h 20 min
Interlaken to Zermatt by train: 2 h 15 min
Day 4 - Zermatt
Day 4 will be a jaw-dropping adventure. The scenery in Zermatt with its Matterhorn mountain and the lakes will do its justice, we promise! Since you have 2 days to spend in this region, explore the cute village of Zermatt and then go on this beautiful 5-lakes hike. Head over to this blog post to get all the information needed. We'd wish we had our drone with us the days we were exploring Zermatt..
Choose your accommodation out of these two options:
Luxury accommodation: Swiss Alpine Hotel Allalin
Budget accommodation: Zermatt Youth Hostel
Wondering what camera we use to make these photos? Here's the link.
Day 5 - Zermatt
There is so much to see around Zermatt, that is why you need a second day in this beautiful area. We recommend to do a hike to the Hörnli hut (Hornlihütte) which passes the beautiful Schwarzsee lake. There are panorama views in all directions. An alternative to that would be the hike to the longest mountain bridge (the hike starts in Täsch) or the Gornegrat hike. Whatever you decide on doing, it will be a lovely day in the nature.
Zermatt to Montreux by car: 1 h 50 min
Zermatt to Montreux by train: 2 h 35 min
Day 6 - The Vineyards of Lavaux
Day 6 will be all about vineyards, oh and maybe wine too ;) Walking along the Geneva lake between the vineyards with a view of the mountains will make it an unforgettable experience. Park you car in the village called St. Saphorin and walk 3 h and 15 min to Lutry. Once finished, take a train back to St. Saphorin. For all details on the walking path, read this blog post.
Want to sleep over? Go to Montreux and choose one of these two places to stay:
Luxury accommodation: Grand Hotel du Lac
Budget accommodation: Hotel Splendid
Day 7 - Montreux - Zurich
Spend your last day exploring the corners of Montreux. It's a lovely city with a great jewel: The Chillon Castle. Take a boat to the castle, then walk all the way back to the city center. An alternative to Montreux would be also Vevey. It's a bit smaller but equally beautiful with lots of cafes and restaurants. Don't take too long, as you might need to catch your plane from Zurich. From Montreux to Zurich it will take you 2 h 15 by car or 2 h 40 min by train.
Montreux to Zurich by car: 2 h 15 min
Montreux to Zurich by train: 2 h 40 min
Frankly speaking, it's hard to squeeze all the amazing places into a travel itinerary of only 7 days. Thinking about not mentioning the Ticino and Graubünden region gives us sleepless nights, but including it would be simply too much of a rush. Even the itinerary we presented above is quite though but still manageable. Just saying, if you're planning to stay more than 7 days, please follow us and stay tuned for a longer travel itinerary. Now go and book that flight ticket to Zurich ;)
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