Here is my ultimate Switzerland Itinerary which includes a complete route guide, everything you need to know before you go, best places to visit and much more!
Switzerland is hands down the most beautiful and picturesque country that I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring.
I’ve been to Switzerland on two separate occasions, once during summer and the other in winter, so I think it’s safe to say that this Switzerland Itinerary is the only guide you’ll need!
Switzerland is most famous for its cheese and chocolate but in addition to this, the verdant landscapes and enormity of the Swiss Alps are just some of the reasons why I love this country so much… and guarantee you will too!
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8 DAYS IN SWITZERLAND
I have put together this 8 Day Switzerland Itinerary based on my trip around the country using the all-in-one Swiss Travel Pass which includes the majority of trains, buses and boats throughout the whole of Switzerland.
Once you have purchased the Swiss Travel Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your tickets that you will have to print and keep with you at all times.
I also recommend downloading the SBB Mobile app from the App Store. You can use this app to check all train, bus and boat timetables in Switzerland when you’re on the move.
SWITZERLAND ITINERARY OVERVIEW
Here is a quick overview of my Switzerland 8 Day Itinerary:
• Day 1: Zurich
• Day 2: Luzern
• Day 3: Interlaken & Lauterbrunnen
• Day 4: Montreux
• Day 5: Zermatt
• Day 6: Glacier Express
• Day 7: St. Moritz
• Day 8: Zurich
HOW TO GET TO SWITZERLAND
Arriving in Switzerland by plane is the easiest and most convenient way to begin your adventures in this wonderful country.
If you plan on following this exact Switzerland itinerary, then your best bet is to fly into Zurich International Airport and begin your trip around Switzerland from here.
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 1:
ZURICH TO LUCERNE
The first leg of this Switzerland itinerary begins in Zurich, where I recommend boarding a morning train at Zurich International Airport or Zurich Hauptbahnhof Train Station bound for Lucerne, which is a short one-hour journey.
There is no validation required for your Swiss Travel Pass, just simply jump on board the train.
When onboard, a ticket inspector will do the rounds and will most definitely ask to see your Swiss Travel Pass as well as your passport, so make sure to have these documents handy on the train.
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3 THINGS TO DO IN LUCERNE
#1 CHAPEL BRIDGE
When you arrive in Lucerne on day 1 of your Switzerland itinerary, I recommend checking out Chapel Bridge. It’s the most iconic attraction in Lucerne and the oldest wooden bridge in Switzerland, dating back to the 14th century.
Chapel Bridge Lucerne stretches 200 meters across the Reuss River and attached to the bridge is an old water tower that served as a dungeon, an archive and a treasury vault in medieval times.
It’s free to walk over Chapel Bridge and remember to look up to discover the colorful old paintings on the underside of the roof.
Chapel Bridge Luzern – Switzerland Itinerary
Chapel Bridge – Switzerland Itinerary 8 Days
#2 BOAT TRIP ON LAKE LUCERNE
A boat trip on Lake Lucerne is a must on your 8 days in Switzerland Itinerary. With the Swiss Travel Pass, you can take a round-trip boat ride on Lake Lucerne which is the best way to see the region at a slow pace.
There are daily departures on Lake Lucerne, usually every hour during the day. Just head down to the ferry terminal located across the road from the Lucerne Train Station and jump on board when a boat arrives.
Before boarding, you’ll be asked to show your Swiss Travel Pass and possibly your passport as well, so make sure to have these documents handy.
Boat trip on Lake Lucerne – Swiss itinerary for 8 days
Cruising on Lake Lucerne – Switzerland Travel Itinerary
#3 MOUNT RIGI – SWITZERLAND ITINERARY
Mt Rigi, also known as the queen of the mountains, is a large mountain range in the Lucerne region and a must-visit on your Switzerland itinerary.
The best way to get to Mt Rigi, using the Swiss Travel Pass, is to take the one-hour boat ride from the Lucerne Ferry Terminal and get off at Vitznau.
From here, there is a special cog-wheel train that will take you up to the summit of Mount Rigi. This was my favorite part of the adventure as I was able to hang outside the windows of the cog-wheel train to take photos!
Panoramic views await at the summit of Mt Rigi, overlooking three lakes and phenomenal alpine peaks in the distance. If you want to grab lunch or a beer you can simply pop into one of the hotel restaurants on the mountain and most have outdoor terraces with stunning views.
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Train to Mount Rigi – Switzerland Itinerary
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LUCERNE
Luxury: Lucerne Lake View Apartments
Offering stunning lake views, free wifi and just walking distance to the center of the city, this 5-star accommodation is hard to beat! Each apartment is fitted with a balcony, fully-equipped kitchen, dishwasher, sofa, tv, dining room, washing machine, private bathroom with a bath, fridge and freezer, microwave and coffee machine. Convinced yet?
Mid Range: Hotel De la Paix
This 3-star hotel is located right in the heart of town, just 200m walk to the old quarter in Lucerne. Various restaurants, cafes, bars and shops are all located in the vicinity of Hotel De la Paix. There are single, double and triple rooms available and breakfast is included.
Budget: Barabas Hostel
I personally stayed at the Barabas Hostel during my Switzerland itinerary, located just ten minutes walk from the Lucerne Train Station. The Barabas Hostel is one of the coolest and most unique hostels I have stayed in, the reason being that it was once an old prison. The dorms and private rooms are the same rooms where prison inmates used to sleep back in the day (much cleaner and refurbished of course) and it gives you a real sense of what it would be like to be a prisoner. A buffet breakfast is also included with the room and the staff are overly helpful with their knowledge of the best things to do in Luzern.
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 2:
LUCERNE TO INTERLAKEN
Continue your 8 Day Switzerland Itinerary from Lucerne to Interlaken using the Swiss Travel Pass.
Interlaken is the gateway to the Jungfrau Region and a good location to base yourself when visiting Lauterbrunnen Valley, which is also referred to as The Valley Of 72 Waterfalls.
HOW TO GET TO LAUTERBRUNNEN
From Interlaken East Train Station, using the Swiss Travel Pass, you can take a train to Lauterbrunnen Station. The train takes only twenty-minutes and you can disembark right in the center of Lauterbrunnen village.
8 THINGS TO DO IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
#1 VISIT STAUBBACH FALLS
Take a morning train on day 2 of your Switzerland itinerary from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and from the station, it’s an easy walk through the village to a number of different scenic viewpoints of Staubbach Falls and upper Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Staubbach Falls is one of the impressive waterfalls I have ever seen! These glacial falls gush down from the 300m high peaks and emerges into the river that cuts through the village of Lauterbrunnen.
After taking some photos of the falls from Lauterbrunnen village, follow the road down till you reach the base of Staubbach Falls. You can walk up the stairs and into a man-made grotto that leads behind Staubbach Falls.
From inside the grotto, peering out looks like a scene out of Jurassic Park, without the dinosaurs, unfortunately! The view of the distant glacier-filled valley is mesmerising and almost looks too good to be true.
On a clear day, you can spot paragliders and base jumpers soaring around in the skies above and countless waterfalls flowing heavily over the edge of the towering cliffs into Lauterbrunnen Valley.
There is also an easy walking trail to the next village that will take you past several more Lauterbrunnen waterfalls and vast meadows.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is so insanely beautiful that you’ll feel like you are standing in a real-life postcard, making it an unbeatable location not to be missed on your Swiss trip itinerary.
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Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen – Itinerary Switzerland
Grotto behind Staubbach Falls – Switzerland Itinerary
Lauterbrunnen in Summer – Switzerland Itinerary
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#2 TRÜMMELBACH FALLS
Trümmelbach Falls can be found in the heart of Lauterbrunnen. They are the world’s only glacier waterfalls that are accessible underground by lift, galleries, tunnels, paths and platforms. It’s definitely not to be missed on your Switzerland itinerary!
There is an easy walking trail from Lauterbrunnen Village that will take you through vast meadows in the direction of Trümmelbach Falls.
Trümmelbach Falls carries the water from the glaciers of Jungfrau down to Lauterbrunnen Valley. Up to 20,000 liters of water travel through the falls per second, they are a sight and a sound to behold.
This is one of the top things to see in Lauterbrunnen during your visit!
Trümmelbach Falls – Switzerland Itinerary
#3 MÜRREN VILLAGE
This delightful village of Mürren lies at the very end of Lauterbrunnen Valley, filled with traditional chalets and idyllic village life.
You can jump on the public bus No. 141 that runs from Lauterbrunnen to Mürren every thirty minutes. The bus departs from outside Lauterbrunnen Railway Station or you can hail it down on the main road near Trümmelbach Falls.
The bus journey time is around twenty minutes. Click Here to see the Lauterbrunnen Bus 141 timetables.
Mürren offers a peaceful atmosphere with beautiful restaurants and cafes offering traditional Swiss dining and is also a great starting point for hiking, cycling or skiing trails.
This picturesque village of Mürren is a must-see spot and I highly recommend adding it to your list of places to see on your Switzerland itinerary.
Mürren Village – Switzerland Itinerary
#4 MOUNT SCHILTHORN
Once you have visited Mürren, next on the list of places to add to your Switzerland itinerary is Mount Schilthorn.
Head to Stechelberg Gondola Station which is located in Mürren at the base of Mount Schilthorn and using the Swiss Travel Pass, you can ride the gondola all the way up to the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant.
Note: Without the Swiss Travel Pass, a return trip on the gondola from Stechelberg to Mount Schilthorn will set you back 105 CHF ($105 USD).
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Mount Schilthorn is a popular ski field in Lauterbrunnen if you wish to spend a day skiing in Lauterbrunnen. Though if skiing is not your jam, you can still head up to the famous Piz Gloria viewpoint regardless to enjoy the view.
If you are a fan of James Bond 007, Piz Gloria located on the top of Mount Schilthorn is where one of the original 007 movies was filmed back in 1969. Expect to see James Bond memorabilia galore at Piz Gloria.
Aside from this, there is a 360-degree viewpoint at the summit of Mt Schilthorn and the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant features floor to ceiling glass windows offering extensive views of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region. Not a bad spot for lunch if you ask me!
Also, if you are not afraid of heights, I dare you to take the knee-jittering thrill walk around the front face of Mount Schilthorn, another one of the best Lauterbrunnen attractions to see during your Switzerland itinerary.
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Thrill walk Lauterbrunnen
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View from Mt Schilthorn – Itinerary Switzerland
#5 WENGEN VILLAGE
Before the day is out, ride the gondola back down to the Stechelberg Gondola Station and jump on the public bus 141 to return to Lauterbrunnen Station.
Disembark from the bus and walk down into Lauterbrunnen Railway Station. Ask one of the staff members at the station which platform you need to wait on to take the train to Wengen Village and they will point you in the right direction.
The iconic yellow train will take you up and over the mountainside to Wengen Village which is located in the opposite valley and it’s one of the best places to see in Lauterbrunnen!
There is another ski field at Wengen Village if you visit Lauterbrunnen in winter and from the town, you can enjoy another perspective of the Swiss Alps in the Jungfrau Region.
There is an old church in Wengen Village which is a great vantage point to get some photos of the village and surrounding mountains.
I recommend spending an hour or so wandering around Wengen Village seeing how the locals live their lives up here on the mountainside.
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Lauterbrunnen to Wengen train
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#6 PARAGLIDING IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
If you are a thrill-seeker looking for the ultimate experience and the best views of the valley then this activity is one of the best things to do in Switzerland.
Flying over the Lauterbrunnen U-Valley, you can book an all-inclusive tandem paragliding experience. Flying tandem with an instructor allows you to focus purely on the flight, the experience takes care of all other logistics offering pick up from your Lauterbrunnen hotel to the launch site and even a post-flight drink included.
Full safety equipment and an experienced pilot are part of this must-do activity.
The experience will cost you around $190 and can be booked online in advance. The experience lasts for around 1 hour and 30 minutes where you can expect to take in all of the aerial views of breathtaking Lauterbrunnen.
Paragliding in Lauterbrunnen
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#7 HIKING IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
There are nearly 400 designated hiking trails in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland catering for every ability!
Some of the best trails to take when hiking in Lauterbrunnen are:
• Path to Murren through Blumental which takes you through the flower valley, named after the 150 different flower species that grow there.
• The iconic Eiger trail, a high route brings you right in front of the famous Eiger Nordwand.
• Trail to Wengen that ascends most of the way but gives you glimpses of the Breithorn and Staubbach Falls cascading into Lauterbrunnen Valley.
Lauterbrunnen hiking – Switzerland Itinerary
The hiking trail up to Wengen
#8 CYCLING IN LAUTERBRUNNEN
There are nearly 60 cycle routes dotted around Lauterbrunnen with something for every ability and ranging from the peaceful and relaxing to the hair-raising and thrill-seeking kind.
There are trails allowing you to cycle to most of the surrounding villages including Grindelwald, Wengen and Gimmelwald as well as routes to take in all of the iconic mountains surrounding the valley including Jungfrau, Eiger and Breithorn.
Lauterbrunnen Valley is a must for any cycling enthusiast wishing to add this to their Switzerland itinerary.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN INTERLAKEN
The majority of people visiting Lauterbrunnen choose to stay in Interlaken, a small city located just twenty minutes drive or twenty minutes on the train from Lauterbrunnen Valley.
This 5-star hotel is centrally located in between two beautiful lakes in the picturesque town of Interlaken. Victoria Jungfrau Hotel features a spa, swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The spacious rooms have elegant interiors and marble bathrooms, boasting views of the snowcapped mountains in the Jungfrau region. Wifi is free and breakfast is included.
Mid Range: Hotel Interlaken
Hotel Interlaken is where I based myself for one-night during my Switzerland itinerary because it is conveniently located just five minutes walk from Interlaken East Train Station and a twenty-minute train ride to Lauterbrunnen Valley. Hotel Interlaken is the perfect accommodation for couples, families, solo travelers and friends. Featuring large rooms, mountain views and a delicious buffet breakfast.
Budget: Valley Hostel
If you are traveling solo the Valley Hostel is your best option for cheap accommodation during your Switzerland itinerary. Located in the heart of Lauterbrunnen Valley, this hostel is walking distance to nearby waterfalls, retail shops, restaurants and the main train station. Valley Hostel offers dorms and private rooms for every sort of traveler!
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 3:
INTERLAKEN TO MONTREUX
On day three of your 8 Day Switzerland Itinerary, check out of your hotel in the morning and find your way to Interlaken East Station to take the train bound for Montreux.
I highly recommend taking the Belle Epoque train on the Golden Line for an unforgettable experience on your Swiss itinerary. The Belle Epoque is an absolute charm that will take you on a timeless journey between Zweisimenn and Montreux.
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WHAT TO EXPECT IN MONTREUX
Montreux is a beautiful little town located at the eastern end of Lake Geneva. There is a strong French influence in Montreux, from the architecture to the people and a pleasant vibe fills the air.
One of the most relaxing things to do in Montreux is to take a stroll along the promenade that lines the water’s edge of Lake Geneva and enjoy the calmness of the lake and the impressive mountainous hills that surround it.
Dozens of bars and restaurants are dotted along the promenade, perfect for lunch or dinner with a view.
If you are up for a small adventure, take the local bus south to Chateau De Chillon, just fifteen minutes ride from Montreux. Chateau De Chillon is an island castle located on the waters of Lake Geneva, an old medieval fortress that is now a museum.
The Swiss Travel Pass also gives you access to 500 museums in Switzerland and Chateau De Chillon is one of them. There is the option of an audio headset tour when you visit Chillon Castle or you can just simply explore inside the walls at your own pace.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MONTREUX
Luxury: Montreux Apartment On The Lake
These 5-star apartments are equipped with two bedrooms, flat-screen TV’s, fully equipped kitchens with a dishwasher, fridge and microwave. If you are wanting to splurge a little during your Switzerland itinerary in Montreux, this is the perfect accommodation for you!
Mid Range: La Rouvenaz Hotel
If you are looking for a mid-range accommodation I highly recommend staying at La Rouvenaz Hotel during your Switzerland itinerary for its incredible lakeside views, central location, reputable restaurant and comfortable rooms.
Budget: Montreux Youth Hostel
Only a few steps away from the lakeside promenade and a few hundred meters from the train station. There are dorms, private double rooms and family-sized rooms available with wifi and breakfast is included. Montreux Youth Hostel is your best bang for buck!
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 4 & 5:
MONTREUX TO ZERMATT
Continuing on the Switzerland Itinerary, take the train from Montreux to Zermatt. This train journey takes approximately two hours and thirty minutes, passing by beautiful farmlands, vast mountains and deep valleys.
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WHAT TO EXPECT IN ZERMATT
Zermatt is home to the iconic Matterhorn mountain which stands a dominating 4,478 meters at its highest peak! This place is NOT to be skipped on any Swiss itinerary.
The Matterhorn is known all around the world for its unique pyramid shape and the famous Toblerone chocolate takes inspiration from the Matterhorn mountain.
Apart from the incredible Matterhorn, Zermatt is renowned for skiing, climbing and hiking all year round. Another great place to not be missed on your Switzerland itinerary!
If you love skiing or snowboarding, Zermatt it the place to do it! If you’re not a skier, it’s still possible to ride the world’s highest gondola to the Glacier Paradise Station at the top of the mountain regardless.
On a clear day, the panoramic views of Zermatt and surrounding mountains are absolutely insane! Unfortunately, it was cloudy and snowing on the day I visited but it was still an awesome experience seeing the Matterhorn up close!
Unfortunately, the Swiss Travel Pass does not cover this gondola ride so you’ll have to purchase a ticket at the gondola lift station upon arrival or book online in advance at www.matterhornparadise.ch/en.
I recommend spending one day on the mountain and the second day exploring Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse, which is filled with retail shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and an awesome apres-ski scene!
Town of Zermatt – Switzerland Itinerary
Zermatt – 8 Days Itinerary Switzerland
Glacier Paradise Gondola – Switzerland 8 Days
The iconic Matterhorn – Switzerland Itinerary
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ZERMATT
As Zermatt is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland there are hundreds of hotels, resorts, chalets and lodges to choose from. However, I have narrowed it down to a few of my recommended places to stay in Zermatt.
Luxury: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof
Absolute luxury can be found at the Grand Hotel, boasting three restaurants, a spa, swimming pool and sauna. The perfect way to warm up after a day on the slopes! The rooms and suites are beautifully furnished and most have a phenomenal view of the Matterhorn. The best part is the free wine and fruits upon arrival!
Mid Range: Schlosshotel Life & Style Zermatt
One accommodation I can highly recommend in Zermatt is the Schlosshotel, a short two-minute walk from Zermatt Train Station. I spent two nights at the Schlosshotel and it was honestly one of the best places I stayed on my Switzerland itinerary. The staff members were super lovely and genuine throughout my stay, the room was very cozy and had an incredible view of the Matterhorn. The hotel also features a sauna, spa and heated swimming pool and the buffet breakfast is to die for!
Budget: The Matterhorn Hostel Zermatt
Enjoy easy access to the ski slopes and hiking when you stay at The Matterhorn Hostel. A fun and friendly hostel with clean, comfortable rooms and a bar/restaurant to enjoy a nice meal and something to drink. This is one of the best hostels in Zermatt.
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 6:
ZERMATT TO ST. MORITZ
This leg of the Switzerland Travel Itinerary is an experience you will never forget. The Glacier Express is an unforgettable eight-hour journey through the Swiss Alps, connecting Zermatt to St. Moritz and it is by far one of the most scenic train rides in the world.
Top to bottom glass windows offer panoramic views, lunch is served to you in your seat and there is also a bar for refreshments on board the Glacier Express.
Note: The Glacier Express is included in the Swiss Travel Pass though you must make a seat reservation at an additional cost which you’ll have to book online in advance. Visit the Glacier Express website to choose your desired day of travel, make seat reservations and get a discount using the Swiss Travel Pass.
You’ll most likely arrive late into St. Moritz and there won’t be much daylight left to explore so my recommendation is to head straight to a hotel and rest up and feel fresh for the following day on your Switzerland itinerary.
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The Glacier Express – Swiss Itinerary
If you’re up for an adventurous detour, disembark the Glacier Express at Filisur Station, which is before St. Moritz and head over to the famous limestone bridge known as the Landwasser Viaduct.
This impressive 6-arch curved bridge boasts 65-meter tall pillars and a freshwater stream runs right beneath it.
From Filisur station it is approximately a forty-minute walk to get to the Landwasser Viaduct and there are a few good viewpoints to take photos.
One is down by the freshwater stream directly beneath the bridge and the other can be found up a dirt trail to the very top of the mountain to get a birds-eye view of the bridge.
The top viewpoint is by far the best spot to take photos of the train as it passes over the Landwasser Viaduct.
See the map below for the exact directions from Filisur Station to the Landwasser Viaduct.
Directions to Landwasser Viaduct
Landwasser Viaduct – Switzerland Itinerary
WHERE TO STAY IN ST. MORITZ
Luxury: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
A luxurious 5-star resort located in the centre of St. Moritz, featuring six restaurants, an indoor pool and free shuttle services. Elegant rooms overlook the surrounding mountains, each with its own flat-screen TV, private bathroom, comfortable beds and even a butler upon request! In summer there is a tennis court for guests to enjoy that, funnily enough, turns into an ice skating rink in the winter. How freaking cool is that?!
Mid Range: Hotel Piz St. Moritz
Both stylish and elegant, Hotel Piz is a 3-star hotel located close to the city centre that features a pizzeria, free wifi, sauna and steam room. The rooms are spacious, each with their own TV, lock safe and private bathroom. Guests staying longer than two nights at Hotel Piz in summer will receive free tickets for the cable car, cog railway and funicular!
Budget: St. Moritz Youth Hostel
Offering panoramic views of St. Moritz, the best features of this hostel is the games room offering billiards and table tennis. There are dorm rooms and private double rooms available that are bright and modernly furnished. This is the best place to stay in St. Moritz on a budget!
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 7:
St. Moritz is a dreamy city located on the far eastern end of Switzerland. It is here where the notion of winter holidays was born and its stunning imagery is jaw-dropping.
This place is as good as it gets and one of my favorite places I visited on my Switzerland route!
I am impressed by how active all the locals are here – mountain bike riding, hang gliding, skiing, snowboarding, kite surfing and sailing on the lake. It seems St. Moritz is a place where the adventure never stops!
One of the best things to do in St. Moritz is to ride the famous Bernina Express train through the snowy mountains to a place called Alp Grum. The journey takes approximately one-hour until it reaches the top of the Bernina Pass at Alp Grum.
Note: The Bernina Express is included in the Swiss Travel Pass though you must make a seat reservation at an additional cost which you’ll have to book online in advance. Visit the Bernina Express website to choose your desired day of travel, make seat reservations and get a discount using the Swiss Travel Pass.
There is not much more than a restaurant and bar up here at Alp Grum, but the views of nearby glaciers on the mountains are stunning!
Take the Bernina Express back down to St. Moritz to spend the second last day of your Switzerland Itinerary exploring this beautiful lakeside town.
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Viewpoint at Alp Grum – 8 Days Switzerland Itinerary
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – DAY 8:
ST. MORITZ TO ZURICH
The last leg of the journey is taking the train from St. Moritz to Zurich, which takes approximately three to four hours depending on which connection you take.
Zurich offers a great street scene in the old town with dozens of shops, cafes and small cobblestone laneways and there are also a number of historical sites to visit if you have the time on the last day of your Switzerland Itinerary.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN ZURICH
Luxury: Park Hyatt Zurich
A contemporary 5-star hotel located in the heart of Zurich’s commercial district and walking distance to the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street. The rooms are very spacious with high-speed internet and there are restaurants, bars and lounges inside the Park Hyatt. Perfect for couples wanting an unforgettable experience in Zurich.
Mid Range: Motel One Zurich
An excellent 3-star hotel located in one of the best areas of the city. There is free wifi, private rooms with bathroom ensuites, flat-screen TV’s and all of this is just walking distance to Zurich’s main attractions.
Budget: Budget Youth Hostel
The name says it all! Budget but also one of the best hostels in Zurich for solo travellers. The rooms are air-conditioned, the wifi is free and there is a garden terrace for guests to enjoy. There are 4-bed and 8-bed dorms available to choose from at Budget Youth Hostel.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SWITZERLAND
The best time to visit Switzerland depends on what you plan to do. I personally prefer the spring and summer months in Switzerland (April – September) when temperatures are warm and the landscapes are vividly green.
However, visiting Switzerland in winter (December – March) is absolutely magical because the landscapes are completely covered in glistening white snow. Visiting Switzerland in winter means you have to opportunity to go skiing in the Swiss Alps.
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SWITZERLAND ITINERARY – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The currency in Switzerland is Swiss Francs (CHF) and the exchange rate is approximately $1 USD = $1 CHF.
Purchasing a sim card in Switzerland is very simple. You can do this at the airport on arrival or find a phone store close to your accommodation. For approximately $40 USD, you can get a local sim card that comes with 10GB of data.
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BEST SWITZERLAND TOURS
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MORE SWITZERLAND TRAVEL GUIDES
If you are planning a holiday in Switzerland, be sure to check out my other travel guides below that you might find useful while putting together your Switzerland Itinerary:
LONELY PLANET – SWITZERLAND
One of the best books to take on your trip is the Lonely Planet Switzerland Travel Guide.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SWITZERLAND
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
ONLINE ENGLISH TEACHING
Do you want to travel full-time and get paid along the way?
Teaching English online is one of the easiest and most flexible jobs out there! Become a Digital Nomad, choose your own hours and work remotely from anywhere in the world by teaching English online. All you need is a laptop, good WiFi connection, a TEFL certificate and you’re good to go!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about this Switzerland Itinerary, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Travels 😀
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