10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern
— 1 night
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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Lake Zurich, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Lucerne is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lucerne is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in August, expect Lucerne to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and then hike along The Eiger.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald online day trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 18th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, stop by Laderach, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally get great views at Gornergrat.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Tours
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Bern

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Bern trip website.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.