Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country home to numerous lakes villages and the high peaks of the Alps Its cities contain medieval quarters with landmarks like capital Bern s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne s wooden chapel bridge The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails Banking and finance are key industries and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned
Day 1 – Arrive into Zurich and travel to Lucerne
By train: 1 hour / By car: 45 minutes
Sightseeing in Lucerne (depending on time of arrival)
Day 2 – Full day in/around Lucerne
Spend your day exploring the Old Town and Lake Lucerne and/or enjoy a mountain excursion to Mt. Titlis, Mt. Pilatus or Mt. Rigi.
Day 3 – Travel to Interlaken
By train: 1 hour 50 minutes / By car: 1 hour
Sightseeing in Interlaken, Harder Kulm funicular, lake cruise to Brienz, or Thun and Spiez
Day 4 – Sightseeing in Jungfrau Region
Suggested: Jungfraujoch excursion (option to stop at Wengen and/or Lauterbrunnen in either direction)
Only have three days to enjoy the best places in Switzerland May I suggest quality over quantity I recommend you choose just one place as your base on your Switzerland trip and see it properly rather than squeeze too much in Although you d probably like to fit in as much in three days as you would if you had one week in Switzerland you re not going to fully appreciate the places you visit if you overdo it Sometimes and definitely in this case less is more What is your must see in Switzerland If it s the Alps you have plenty of options Spend your three days in Switzerland in either Lucerne Interlaken or Zermatt Interested in learning more about using the Swiss Rail System to travel around Switzerland Read our comprehensive guide here If it s the charm of Switzerland s elegant medieval cities that you ve always wanted to experience Zurich Bern and Lucerne all offer plenty to see and do Basing yourself in one destination doesn t mean you can t visit other places One benefit of having a single base is that you will save valuable time by not having to change accommodation each night A day trip from Interlaken to Lucerne or vice versa is definitely possible so you can still combine the best of both worlds from one convenient base
Travelling around Switzerland by train Now you have an idea of which places you ll be visiting it s time to decide on your method of transport Switzerland s rail network is one of the best in the world and trains and connecting buses take you all over the country with ease If you do plan to travel by train it s definitely worth considering purchasing a Swiss Travel Pass as this covers all public transport within Switzerland free entry to over 500 museums and 50 off most cable cars and funiculars Find out more about the Swiss Travel Pass here Most trains in Switzerland don t require reservations you just hop aboard the next available train that suits you The Swiss Railways SBB app is a handy tool to download to look up timetables Travelling around Switzerland by car Renting a car can give you a bit more flexibility as well as the opportunity to stop where and when you like You ll need to consider parking and fuel costs but if you are someone who doesn t like being committed to a timetable driving in Switzerland could be the way to go for you Switzerland s roads are excellent and the mountain passes with their many hairpin bends are a highlight for many drivers If you re not too keen on a white knuckle drive don t panic All of the destinations mentioned in our itineraries above can be reached without travelling on a super twisty mountain pass To plan your exact driving route take a look at the AA Route Planner I find it really helpful as it allows you to include via points and see the latest traffic warnings for your chosen route
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