What to see when travelling to Switzerland
Filled with cheese and chocolate, Switzerland is a beautiful alpine country with a lot to see and enjoy. So, one of your toughest jobs will be to decide about what you really want to see and what you want to leave for your next trip here. Because you can be sure that you’ll want to return to Switzerland.
In case you are about to visit Switzerland for 1 week, here is the best itinerary for you.
Day 1: Zurich
If you are coming to Switzerland, you will probably land in Zurich. So, this is where your week will start.
One of the best things about Zurich is that it has a lot of things that you probably aren’t expecting to see. Besides being a historic city, Zurich has a river that goes through its center, beautiful surrounding mountains, and even a stunning lake.
As you’re here, you should make sure that you check:
– Walk along Lake Zurich
– Polybahn & ETH Polyterrasse
– Visit Beyer Watch Museum
– Grossmunster Church and tower climb
– Niederdorfstrasse in the old town
– Walk along Bahnhofstrasse & high-end shops
– Taste some Laderach chocolates or Sprungli Luxemburgerlis
Day 2: Lucerne
In your second day in Switzerland, you should discover a bit more about Lucerne. Just a few hours from Zurich, Lucerne also has a lot to see and we are sure that you’re going to love it.
Some of the highlights of this beautiful city include:
– Lion monument & Gletschergarten
– The Old Town
– Lake Lucerne walk
– Chapel Bridge, Spreuer Bridge & The Ruess River
– Glacier Garden and Lion’s Monument
– The Musegg Wall
– Cultural Center & Inseli Park
Day 3: The Surroundings Of Lucerne
While Lucerne has a lot to see, the truth is that you need to take a day to enjoy its surroundings as well. The truth is that this city has the perfect location got some amazing day trips that will remain in your mind forever.
– Mount Pilatus: This is the most “alpine” and the biggest mountain.
– Mount Rigi: For this day trip, you will need to take a boat followed by a cog railway trip that will take you almost to the summit of this mountain.
One of Lucerne’s iconic mountains, Pilatus is the biggest and most “alpine” of them all. If you are going to pick just one day trip from Lucerne, this would be it.
– Bürgenstock & Hammetschwand Glass Elevator: In case you don’t have a lot of time or if you prefer to continue walking in Lucerne, you should check out this smaller mountain.
Day 4: Grindelwald
Your next stop is Grindelwald. As soon as you arrive, you will be amazed with the views. During this day, you should make sure that you don’t miss out:
– Eiger Trail Hike
– First Ski Resort (Tissot Cliff Walk, First Flyer (Zipline), Marmot Trail, Trotti scooter rides, Hike to Bachalpsee)
– Grindelwald Museum
– Schnynige Platte
– Lauterbrunnen, Murren & Schlithorn
Day 5: Jungfraujoch
And finally, we arrive on day 5. Make sure that you remember the Jungfraujoch name because this will be the most memorable part of your visit to Switzerland.
Some of the things that you just can’t miss out here include:
– 45 min hike to Mönchsjochhütte
– Eismeer (Sea of Ice) – Stop on the way up
– Jungfrau Panorama
– Longer hikes on the Aletsch Glacier (insane experience)
– Sphinx Observation Deck
– Snow Park (year round)
– Ice Palace
Day 6: Zermatt
With less than 2 hours by train, your trip between Jungfraujoch and Zermatt is actually really short. As soon as you arrive here, make sure to check:
– 5 Lakes Hike (2.5 hours with lake reflections of the Matterhorn)
– Gornergrat (train ride to the top with views of the Matterhorn)
– Helicopter ride
– Rothorn or Sunegga for more views & hikes
– Kleine Matterhorn Cablecar (Highest in Europe with year-round skiing)
– Gorner Gorge
– Hike at the Schwarzsee
– Hike To the Monte Rosa Hut
Day 7: Return to Zurich
On the last day of your trip and depending on the time that you need to catch your flight back home, you can take the morning and enjoy a bit more of Zermatt.
Notice that the train trip to Zurich takes about 3.5 hours. In case you’re still heading to Geneva, you can also take some time before your flight to check out this beautiful city. Make sure that you don’t miss:
– Place du Molard
– Jet d-eau fountain on Lake Geneva
– United Nations / Palace of Nations (and Broken Chair)
– St. Pierre Cathedral
– The Old Town
– Bains des Pâquis (Public Baths)
– Reformation Wall
– Museum of History & Art
– Rousseau Island