9-day Switzerland Itinerary

Last fall, Drew and I scored an unbelievably cheap round trip flight to Zurich, so we planned a week-long trip to Switzerland. As fairly active and adventurous travelers, Switzerland was the perfect spot for us. From incredible lakes to breathtaking mountains, Switzerland wowed us with its beauty and limitless options of things to see and do.

As we planned our trip, we struggled to find an itinerary that suited our needs. Below is what we cobbled together and it ended up being perfect. Hoping the below itinerary will help you as you plan your own trip to Switzerland!

Day 1

As previously mentioned, we flew into Zurich, but we didn’t remain there upon flying in. After arriving, we purchased our Swiss Travel Passes. If you are mimicking our itinerary, I highly recommend purchasing the 8-day pass as it will save you money! We then used the Swiss Travel Passes to travel to Lucerne by train (45 minutes.)

For our stay in Lucerne, we stayed at Keyforge City Apartments Waldstätterstrasse 8. The small apartment was in a great location–close to both the lake and the train station. That afternoon we explored Lucerne, including Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument.

Chapel Bridge Lucerne Luzern Switzerland Lake wood water

Day 2

We used our Swiss Travel Passes to take a boat along Lake Lucerne to the mountain base. We then rode a cogwheel train up to Mount Pilatus–more information about our time at Mount Pilatus can be found here. We ventured back to Lucerne and grabbed a bite along the water and then ended the day with a sunset cruise on the Lake Lucerne ferry using our Swiss Travel Pass.

Mount Pilatus Lucerne Luzern Switzerland

Day 3

First thing in the morning, we hopped a train to Interlaken (2 hours) and then transferred to Wengen (20 minutes.) After arriving in Wengen, we took a train down to Lauterbrunnen where we explored Staubbachfall and Trümmelbach Falls before going paragliding.

For our stay in Wengen, we stayed at Sunstar Hotel Wengen, which would be a great place to stay in both summer and winter.

Day 4

We got an early start and caught the cable car across from our hotel up to Männlichen to do the Royal Walk and a hike to Kleine Scheidegg. This hike had amazing vistas – more information can be found here. After the hike, we took the train to Jungfraujoch and spent the second half of the day checking out all of the different sights and activities up there.

Day 5

With another early start, we caught a train to Lausanne (2 hours.) We walked along Lake Geneva to Montreaux and visited Chateau de Chillon. We finished the day with a sunset lake cruise back to our hotel in Lausanne.

For our stay in Lausanne, we stayed at Hotel Aulac, which was located very close to the water, public transit, and plenty of shops and restaurants.

Chateau de Chillon Montreaux Lausanne Switzerland Lake Geneva castle ferry boat

Day 6

As an Olympic junkie, I had to visit the Olympic Museum in Lausanne. I loved seeing the various looks of the games and some of the cool memorabilia from some of the world’s best athletes.

After the museum, we hopped a train to Zermatt (3 hours.) We explored Zermatt which had tons of great shops, restaurants, views, and even sheep! Zermatt is a car-free town, so there are only little electric golf carts for transport around the town. We only used the electric vehicles to helps us bring our luggage from the train station to our hotel and back, otherwise we explored on foot. We finally had fondue at Whymper-Stube, which came highly recommended.

For our stay in Zermatt, we stayed at Hotel Jägerhof. The hotel was in a good location, the breakfast was the best of our entire trip, and the room was pretty sizable.

Day 7

Today you’re hiking and exploring the Swiss Alps. Take the train up to Gornergrat to start your day. From there, hike down to Rotenboden and get on the #21 trail to hike the Riffelseeweg path.

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Day 8

Prepare yourself for another day of hiking in the Swiss Alps. Start your day at Sunnegga for lower level views of the Matterhorn. If the weather is clear, take the cable car to Blauherd to start the 5 Lakes Walk. Follow signs for 5-Seenweg, where you will hike to see 5 beautiful lakes with the Matterhorn as the backdrop.

In the late afternoon, we grabbed a train to Zurich (3.5 hours.) We stayed at Motel One Zurich.

Day 9

We spent the morning sightseeing in Zurich and grabbing breakfast before heading to the airport midday and departing Switzerland in the afternoon.

Drew and I definitely prefer more adventurous and outdoorsy trips, and Switzerland definitely fit the bill. There are tons of beautiful lakes, mountains, glaciers, and greenery–you’ll never want to leave! At least, we didn’t…

Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can do to help you plan your trip. Safe travels!


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  1. excellent! Thank you luv u

    *Stephen F. Horgan*

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    On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 10:04 AM Wandering Kathleen wrote:

    > wanderingkathleen posted: “Last fall, Drew and I scored an unbelievably > cheap round trip flight to Zurich, so we planned a week-long trip to > Switzerland. As fairly active and adventurous travelers, Switzerland was > the perfect spot for us. From incredible lakes to breathtaking mount” >


  2. I would love to know as I am trying to plan a trip w my 17 and 23 yr old boys … How you got from place to place ? just the train? Did you rent a car at any time? I see you rented one to get your luggage from the train to the one place you stayed. Just trying to get an idea of how crazy this would be to try and do. We would be leaving July 20-30th


    1. Hi Anne! We used trains to get everywhere and picked hotels where we could walk straight from the train station or use local transportation (e.g. city buses or trains) to get us to our hotels. No car rentals necessary! You and your sons can totally do this. My husband and I both had roller suitcases, which were a bit challenging on some of the cobblestone streets, but totally doable. Safe travels! Let me know if you have any other questions I can help with.


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