8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 1 night
2
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: San Francisco

1
night
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 5th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation) and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, and then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva road trip app .

San Francisco, USA to Geneva is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get slightly colder in Geneva: highs are around 61°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken tour planning app .

You can drive from Geneva to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lucerne, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Fri), take a stroll through Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip app .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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