The Perfect 10 Days in Switzerland Itinerary

by Jan 16, 2020Itineraries, Switzerland, Switzerland Itinerary

A Perfect 10 Days in Switzerland Itinerary


When researching what to do and where to go for my 10 day trip to Switzerland, I came across a lot of different information on what would be best for an itinerary. Switzerland is not that big of a country but there is just so much you can do and see while visiting.

I put together this 10 day itinerary to explain exactly what can be done with 10 days in Switzerland as well as walk through all the different logistics and important things to know. Of course this will not hit every attraction or city but it will give you a great taste for what Switzerland has to offer.

You will find that the itinerary is a mix between exploring cities and wandering the Alps, with a little bit of everything sprinkled in throughout. I had a one of a kind experience during my trip there and am hoping this can help you experience the same. So without further ado, here is a 10 day itinerary for Switzerland.


A few things to note before jumping into the itinerary:

1) You should check out some of the Switzerland guides I put together that go over train travel, weather, and helpful tips. All of these should be very useful when preparing for your trip.

2) This itinerary is best during the months of June to October but can be altered for other times of year.

3) You should purchase either a Half Fare Card or 8 Day Swiss Travel Pass for this itinerary. You can read more about these options under the train travel guide mentioned above. If you do buy a Swiss Travel Pass, you will begin using it on day 2 so it will be active for the days where you will be traveling the most. You can purchase the Swiss Travel Pass ahead of time so you will be all prepared for your trip.

4) Day 1 assumes a full day – either landing the previous night or early on day 1. Same goes for day 10 – either a late evening flight or flight on day 11.

5) The itinerary assumes you will be flying into Geneva and out of Zurich. It is important to note that you can do the itinerary backwards, or you can take one last train at the end of your trip if you were flying into and out of the same city.

6) Do not expect everything to go perfectly according to plan. Weather in the Alps is truly unpredictable at times and can ruin some activities. Always have options in case something will not work out.

7) Throughout the itinerary you will see links for different guides I put together for portions of the trip. Since I did not want to include every piece of information in the itinerary itself as that could get a bit overwhelming, you can check out the guides for many more details on each place.

8) This itinerary is a good mix between cities and mountains, splitting the time between the two. If you are more interested in just the cities of Switzerland then checkout the 7 day Switzerland itinerary I have up on the site.


Take a look at some Switzerland guide books to better prepare you for your trip:

10 Days in Switzerland Itinerary Map View


The map shown below shows the 10 day Switzerland itinerary starting in Geneva on the bottom left before stopping in Montreux, Zermatt, Interlaken (Jungfrau Region), Lucerne, and finally Zurich to end the trip. I have also pinned down some of the main cities that you may want to stay in when visiting the Jungfrau region such as Murren, Wengen and Grindelwald.

What you won’t see here is each and every attraction that is mentioned in the itinerary (those can be found in the linked guides throughout the page). The map below is more so giving you a sense of where the 10 day itinerary takes you throughout Switzerland.


Detailed 10 Days in Switzerland Itinerary


Below you will find a detailed guide for what exactly you will be doing on a day to day basis. Each day gives you a good overview of what to do and what to expect along the way, with some high level logistics of the itinerary. If you want more details for any given day, you can click on the relevant Switzerland guides found throughout the page. These guides will go into greater detail and give you everything you need to know about a city or attraction.

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Day 1 – Explore Geneva

On the first day of you 10 day Switzerland itinerary, you will make your way around the city of Geneva. Located on the western end of the country and right on Lake Geneva, you will have a full day of exploring the ins and outs of what this city has to offer.

» The 7 Things to do in Geneva Guide will walk you through it all in greater detail. You can also opt for a Guided City Tour of Geneva if you are interested in having an expert taking you around.

The main highlights can include:

1) Old Town

2) Treille Promenade

3) City Center

4) Jet d’Eau

5) Lake Tour Option

6) United Nations

7) Broken Chair

Geneva Old TownTreille Promenade ViewGeneva City Center PlazaLake Geneva ViewGeneva LakesideUnited Nations GenevaBroken Chair Geneva

Once you are all done wandering around Geneva, make your way back to your hotel and prep yourself for an amazing day trip to Montreux on day 2.

Note: if you purchased the 8 Day Swiss Travel Pass, you will not have access to it on Day 1 in Geneva. If you do take public transportation on your first day you will have to pay the full fare (trams and busses).


Book Your Geneva Hotel for Nights 1 & 2 

You cannot really go wrong with where you stay in Geneva. As long as you in walking distance to the lake you should be in good hands. The main two areas though would be near the lakefront on the western side of the lake (same side as the train station and airport) or just across the bridge(s) on the east side of the lake near the Old Town. As you get farther away from the lakefront, you will find some cheaper alternatives if you are on a budget.

For the best views (but most expensive price) a hotel overlooking the lake and the Jet d’Eau would be your best bet. It is a truly spectacular view to wake up to the lake and its waterfront every morning. Take a look at below for some of the best value hotel options in Geneva:

1) Hotel N’vy

2) Tiffany Hotel

3) Hotel d’Alleves

4) Hotel Kipling

5) Eastwest Hotel


Day 2 – Montreux Day Trip

Note: If you purchased the 8 Day Swiss Travel Pass, day 2 would be the first day you will be using it to go back and forth to Montreux.

Make your way to the eastern end of Lake Geneva to the lakeside town of Montreux. A short 45 train ride away, it makes for the perfect day trip. Montreux is a charming small town that ramps up in the summer time where locals and tourists gather to take advantage of activities on the beautiful lake and enjoy a view of the Alps at the same time.

You can spend the day roaming the town center, walking the promenade, exploring the lake, and then making your way out to Chateau de Chillon – a medieval castle that is must do around the area.

» For more info about these activities and more check out the Day Trip Guide to Montreux.

Montreux PromenadeMontreux Eden HotelChillon LandscapeChateau de Chillon Top ViewChateau de Chillon Water ViewMontreux Lakefront

Once your day in Montreux is complete you can hop back on the train to Geneva, where you can rest up before an early morning out to Zermatt.


Important Note: Before jumping into the Alps and hiking section of the trip I want to refer back to one of the tips I mentioned at the beginning – do not expect that every day the weather will be perfect to do each and every one of these hikes / activities at the given time. Feel free to move things around and have alternative options if the weather is not cooperative.


You can read up in the Weather in Switzerland Guide for more details about how to prepare.


Since there are several hiking options in this itinerary it would be helpful to take a look at the comprehensive Hiking Packing List that I put together. It includes everything I bring along on day hikes, and it will have you better prepared when taking part of trails all over Switzerland. The list includes several different essentials such as:

Hiking Shoes | Keen Targhee

Water Bottle | CamelBak Chute

Action Camera | GoPro Hero 8

Rain Jacket | Columbia Watertight II

Backpack Rain Cover | Joy Walker Cover

Portable Charger | Anker Powercore

Hiking Backpack | Osprey Talon 22

Hiking Packing List


Take a look at some Switzerland guide books to better prepare you for your trip:


Day 3 – Train to Zermatt & 5 Lakes Hike

The 10 day Switzerland itinerary will now switch on over to the Alps. Take an early morning train to Zermatt so you can have plenty of time to complete one of the top hikes around the area – the Five Lakes Trail. The earlier you get out the better as the train ride does take about 3.5 hours. Getting to Zermatt before noon will give you enough time to check in, grab some food and head out for the hike.

Once you are all ready to go, make your way to the Zermatt – Sunnegga funicular and onwards to Blauherd, where the trail begins. As you walk the trail you will pass by five unique lakes around the area with the Alps and the famous Matterhorn in the backdrop.

The hike should take approximately 2.5-3 hours before ending back in Sunnegga, where you can take the funicular back down (depending on time of year the funicular closes around 5-6PM, so be sure to time it correctly as you don’t want to hike all the way down to Zermatt instead).

» For plenty more information about this hike, take a look at the Five Lakes Hike Guide I put together.

Five Lakes Trail Zermatt Matterhorn5 Lakes Hike Start5 Lakes Hike BenchFive Lakes Hike SheepFive Lakes Hike GrindjiseeMattherhorn Leisee

Book Your Zermatt Hotel for Nights 3 & 4

Zermatt is a pretty small village and you can get from one side to another in less than 20 minutes. There are a couple areas to choose from when deciding where to stay. Either right in the main village itself, or you can cross the bridge and stay on the other side of the river, where you will be able to take in some great views of the Matterhorn. Below are some highly rated options to choose from:

1) Hotel Firefly

2) The Omnia

3) Hotel Perren Superior

4) Hotel Daniela

5) Alpenlodge

Looking for a value option? Check out Hotel Elite


Day 4 – Exploring Zermatt & Suspension Bridge Hike

Wake up on your second day in Zermatt and take some time to explore this quaint mountainside town and all it has to offer. Make your way towards the river, where you can get some of the best views of the Matterhorn from down below.

Matterhorn View RiverMatterhorn View Zermatt Clouds

After walking around the city for a bit and grabbing some lunch it is time to head off to Randa – the start of one of the best hikes around the area. Although not in Zermatt, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge Hike should really be added to your hiking bucket list in the area. It is not an easy hike by any means, but it will sure be worth the effort.

After a quick 10 minute train ride from Zermatt you will arrive at the small town of Randa. Start following the signs into the forest and after two hours or so you will arrive at the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. Once back in Randa, hop on the train back to Zermatt, where you can get a well deserved rest.

» The guide to the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge Hike will walk you through all you need to know about completing this trail. 

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge MountainsCharles Kuonen Suspension Bridge TrailCharles Kuonen Suspension Bridge RocksCharles Kuonen Suspension BridgeCharles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

Day 5 – Zermatt Options & Train to Interlaken / Jungfrau Region

On your last day in Zermatt, you can pick from several options depending on what you are most interested in.

1) Summer Skiing – one of the most fascinating things about Zermatt is that it truly offers year-round skiing. This means even in the summer months, you can grab some skis and head up the mountain for a morning of fun. Since you are skiing on a glacier, the ski area does close around 1PM due to poor conditions. Even though it would only be for ~4 or so hours, you should definitely look into it if that is something you want to do.

Zermatt Skiing

2) Matterhorn Glacier Paradise – some of the best views of the area can be seen all the way up top at the Glacier Matterhorn Paradise. It takes a few lifts to get up top but once you are there, you will be able to take in some incredible views. You can also visit the Glacier Palace and have some lunch at the restaurant up there.

3) Gornergrat – another great viewing opportunity of the Alps is taking the train up to Gornergrat. You will get fantastic views as you make your way up of all the 4,000 meter peaks alongside the Matterhorn. Once up top there will be a viewing platform and the opportunity to explore the area a bit. Instead of training all the way back down, you can hike to one of the stops along the way.

Gornergrat Matterhorn View

Once you have completed any of the above you can check out of your hotel and head to the train station. Your next stop will be Interlaken / Jungfrau Region. The train takes about 2.5 – 3 hours so you should try to leave Zermatt by mid afternoon if possible.


The Jungfrau region is split into a few different areas – you have the Lauterbrunnen valley on one end with the famous Schilthorn, and towns such as Murren to stay in. In the middle there is Wengen, a great central town to be based in, alongside Mannlichen, Kleine Scheidegg and the Jungfraujoch. And finally on the other end of the valley is Grindelwald, and is the base for the area around First. I have set up the itinerary so each of the next three days will be dedicated to exploring one of these three areas. Read up on the Murren, Wengen, Grindelwald guide I have to learn more about each one.


Book Your Jungfrau Region Hotel for Nights 5,6,7,8

There are several accommodation options to choose from in each one of Murren, Wengen and Grindelwald. Below are some different options to browse through when deciding what is best for you and your budget. I have also included some options for Interlaken if you are looking to stay outside of the mountain area.



1. Hotel Edelweiss Superior
2. Hotel Alpenruh
3. Eiger Guesthouse


1. Hotel Edelweiss
2. Hotel Baeren
3. Arenas Resort Victoria


1. Hotel Lauberhorn
2. Hotel Belvedere
3. Hotel Gletschergarten


1 Hotel Bellevue
2. Hotel Roessli
3. Balmers Hostel


Day 6 – Schilthorn and the Lauterbrunnen Valley

Day 6 is going to be a long one but you will enjoy every last second of it. As I was planning my trip and looking at pictures from on top of the Schilthorn and down in the Lauterbrunnen valley, I could not believe that these views were real. But believe me they are and you will not want to miss out on them!

The logistics to get to Schilthorn will depend on where you are staying, but at the end of the day you will want to make your way to Murren. From Murren you will be able to take a set of two cable cars all the way to Schilthorn. Once up at Schilthorn you will see sweeping views of the Alps with the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau all in site. Spend a couple hours roaming the viewing platforms, having a drink at the rotating restaurant and checking out Bond World (yes a James Bond movie was filmed here).

Once finished with Schilthorn, take the cable car one stop down to Birg, where you can take part of the Thrill Walk – a platform alongside the side of the mountain with a few exhilarating aspects to it.

» This first portion of the day can be read up in more detail in the Complete Guide to Schilthorn I have up on the site. It will take care of logistics (from towns all over the area), tickets, and top things to do and see.

Schilthorn View CloudsSchilthorn View MountainsSchilthorn Cable Car CloudsBirg Thrill WalkBirg Thrill Walk Cage View

Note that with the Swiss Travel Pass, all transportation up to Murren would be free. From Murren to Schilthorn you will need to pay 42.80 CHF round trip (50% discount). This is a change from previous years when all transport was free. Also good to note is the ride up to Jungfraujoch has only 25% discount with the Swiss Travel Pass, if you were thinking about heading up there. Of course if you have the time in the region and want to do both, that is definitely possible as well.

You can then head back down to Murren, where you can grab some lunch with a view – my top spot here is Hotel Edelweiss – one of my favorite meals of the trip. You can also take some time to explore this car free town and take in some of the amazing views of the valley below.

Murren TownMurren View

After lunch it is time to head down to Stechelberg, the start of your Lauterbrunnen journey. To get to Stechelberg from Murren, you can take two cable cars (Murren – Gimmelwald & Gimmelwald – Stechelberg) or you can hike 45 minutes from Murren to Gimmelwald and then cable car down to Stechelberg from there.

Once down in Stechelberg, you can begin your walk down the valley back towards Lauterbrunnen. It is one the most beautiful valleys in Switzerland with waterfalls coming down off the sides of the mountain as you pass by small villages along the way. After about 30-45 minutes you will come across Trummelbach Falls – a powerful waterfall inside of the mountain. There is a small entrance fee here but is well worth the visit to the top.

» Take a look at the Murren to Gimmelwald Trail Guide and Lauterbrunnen Valley Guide learn more about the walks

Lauterbrunnen Valley WaterfallLauterbrunnen Valley Waterfall GreeneryLauterbrunnen Valley ViewTrummelbach FallsTrummelbach Falls Waterfall

After visiting the falls, you can either continue to walk the valley back to Lauterbrunnen or hop on the bus back to the train station. Once there you can make your way back wherever you are staying.


Day 6 Notes:

› This day can easily be done in reverse order: Lauterbrunnen – Trummelbach Falls – Stechelberg – Schilthorn – Birg – Murren. The reason I have Schilthorn first is mostly due to having more time to make sure the weather will be cooperative. If you leave Schilthorn for last, then you risk having a smaller time window for weather to be good for a visit.

› If you are looking for a great adrenaline option, why not try out the Via Ferrata from Murren to Gimmelwald. It is definitely one of the more adventurous things to choose from in the Jungfrau

› Like I mentioned previously, the weather is not always guaranteed to cooperate in the mountains. If you do have a very poor weather day, consider taking a day trip to Bern instead sitting inside all day.


Take a look at some Switzerland guide books to better prep you for your trip:



Day 7 – Exploring First & Bachalpsee Lake

The second day in the Jungfrau region brings you to First, the base of some great hikes and activities to take part of. To get to First, you must initially get to Grindelwald. Once you reach Grindelwald you just need to hop on the 25 minute cable car all the way up into the Alps. Getting off the cable car in First, you will then be welcomed to some incredible Alps views in every which direction.

You can then make your way to the Bachalpsee Lake hiking trail (~1.5 – 2 hours round trip). Although one of the more popular hikes around the area, the views along the way and at the lake itself are some of the best there are. Taking in the views of the Eiger north face was one of the best moments of my trip. If you want to continue hiking onwards there are also plenty of other options to extend the hike from Bachalpsee instead of turning right back around.

» The Bachalpsee Lake – First Travel Guide will go over the hike in more detail as well as everything you need to know about the area.

First Cable Car LandscapeBachalpsee Lake StartBachalpsee Lake Hike River EigerBachalpsee Lake River ViewBachalpsee Lake Eiger ViewBachalpsee Lake Alps View First

Once done hiking you can take part of the First Cliff Walk, have lunch at the mountainside restaurant, and enjoy the relaxing view. You will also have the chance to take part of some of the paid First activities – the First Flyer, First Glider, Trottibike and Mountain Cart. The guide mentioned above goes over those as well.

Bachalpsee Lake Eiger North FaceFirst Cliff WalkBachalpsee Lake First Walk

Once you are finished in the First area, make your way back to Grindelwald to explore a bit and then back to your hotel for the night.


Day 8 – Mannlichen – Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail & Wengen

Day 8 of the 10 day Switzerland itinerary brings you to the town of Wengen. Once you arrive in Wengen (if staying elsewhere), make your way to the Mannlichen cable car station. Here you will take the quick ride up the mountain, where the base of some great trails are located.

As you arrive, to your left you will see a short trail up a hill. This trail is called the Royal Walk and can be completed in about 30-45 minutes (the way down can be much quicker). Once you finish up the Royal Walk, you can make your way to the start of the famous Mannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Panorama Trail.

The trail starts right at the cable car station and you will see signs pointing you in the right direction. What I loved most about this 1.5 hour trail is that the whole time you are walking, you are either looking down at the beautiful valley to your left or you are looking straight at the famous three mountains of the Alps – the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau.

» For more info about logistics, pricing and things to know, check out the Mannlichen to Kleine Scheudegg Panorama Trail Guide I put together.

Mannlichen Royal Walk EigerMannlichen Royal Walk TopMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg LakeMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg GreeneryMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg EndMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg TownMannlichen to Kleine Scheidegg Reflection

After taking in the trail, you can either hike back the same way to Mannlichen and take the cable car back to Wengen, or hop on a train in Kleine Scheidegg that will take you back to Wengen. Once back in Wengen you can grab some lunch and spend some time exploring the town a bit more.


Day 9 – Day in Lucerne & Travel to Zurich

It is time to head out of the Jungfrau region and off to a couple of cities to end the trip. On day 9, check out early from your hotel and catch a train to Lucerne. Note that you will not be staying overnight in Lucerne – rather you will just spend the day there before heading back to the train station later on and making your way to Zurich.

Important note: since you will have luggage, you can store it for a few francs in one of the train station lockers for the day. Once back at the station, you can grab your luggage from the locker and head off to Zurich.


Lucerne is a picturesque town with beautiful architecture, incredible scenery, and amazing river running through it that opens up into a lake. The city is very walkable and you can spend several hours just roaming the streets. A few of the highlights that I made my way to during my day there included:

1) Kapellbrücke Bridge & Water Tower – a historic bridge crossing the Reuss river with paintings drawn throughout

2) Museggmauer – the old city wall with the opportunity to check out some of the clock towers, as well as great views overlooking the city

3) The Lion Monument – a huge lion carved into a rock facade dedicated to the Swiss Guards who passed away in the French Revolution

4) Gletschergarten (Glacier Garden) – an indoor / outdoor exhibit with ice age glacial potholes, a mirror house, viewing platform, among others (cost is 15 CHF but free with the Swiss Travel Pass)

A few other buildings I stopped by to take in the architecture included:

5) Church of St. Leodegar

6) Lucerne Town Hall

7) Jesuit Church


» Alternatively you can for a Guided City Tour of Lucerne alongside an expert who will teach you all about the town. They will be able to pick you up from the station and show you all around in just a few hours.

Kapellbrücke Bridge LucerneLucerne Old TownMuseggmauer ViewLion Monument LucerneJesuit Church LucerneChurch of St. Leodegar Lucerne

Beyond all of that I just spent my time wandering the town. The murals on the buildings were just some of the highlights I came across, along with exploring the whole riverfront area. If you have additional time in Switzerland, Lucerne is one place you can add another day or two.

Day trips to Mount Pilatus, Titlus and Rigi are all popular options. Being that the last 6 days have been more mountain based, I decided to leave those out for now and just focus on exploring the city itself.

After your day in Lucerne is complete, make your way back the train station, grab your bags and head off to Zurich, where you will complete your 10 day Switzerland itinerary.


Book Your Zurich Region Hotel for Nights 9 (and maybe 10)

For your last stop on this itinerary you can stay right in the city of Zurich. There will be plenty of options to choose from right in the city center. Some recommendations include:

1) citizenM Zurich

2) 25hours Hotel Langstrasse

3) Boutique Hotel Helvetia

4) Greulich Design Hotel

5) Hotel Adler Zurich

For the budget traveller: easyHotel Zurich


Day 10 – Explore Zurich

Note: if you bought the 8 Day Swiss Travel Pass, it will no longer be valid for your time in Zurich. Most of the city is walkable so that should not be an issue. Getting to the airport later on day 10 or on day 11 will just require a short and cheap train ride.

Your last day in Switzerland will end in the city of Zurich. Another beautiful old charm feel city, with a picturesque river running through it, Zurich has plenty to offer its visitors. Similar to Lucerne, I just wanted to spend the day walking around and exploring the city and its historical buildings. Some of these highlights included:

1) Grossmunster Church – not only a beautiful church but also one where you can climb to the top for a small fee (5 CHF). It offers some of the best views of the entire city of Zurich.

2) Fraumünster Church – another iconic church with a large plaza off to the side. There are events happening time to time which really fills up the area nicely

3) Zurich Opera House – just taking in the beautiful architecture from the outside was an incredible site to be seen

4) Bahnhofstrasse – one of the main shopping streets of Zurich

5) Walk through the Old Town – beyond checking out the churches, most of my day was filled with getting lost in the Old Town (Altstadt). There are plenty of streets to check out and explore.


» This Guided City Tour of Zurich is a great way to see the city’s highlights from a different perspective – it includes a walking tour, boat ride, and cable car experience!

Zurich RiverZurich View CityZurich Water ViewZurich City StreetsFraumünster Church

That about wraps up the Switzerland 10 day itinerary, taking you from Geneva to Zurich with plenty of stops and thrills along the way. I feel that this trip was a great mix for me between cities and nature but at the same time, it can be altered to have even more of one or another. There is just so much to do and see in Switzerland and I am hoping this 10 day itinerary can be a great starting point for your trip planning.

As always feel free to comment below with any questions and check out all the Switzerland guides I already have up on the site. Safe travels out there and enjoy!!


10 Day Switzerland Itinerary

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  1. Tran Nguyen

    Thank you for writing this post! I’m looking for an itinerary for equal parts city and equal parts nature. This looks like it!

    • Charles

      Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you have a great trip to Switzerland!

  2. Sunil Dandekar

    Hope we will have a great trip to Switzerland

    • Charles

      Hope you have a great time too! It is an incredible country

  3. Shari Gresh

    Thank you for your beautiful and informative blog. Looks like you had an amazing trip! I’m going to try some of these trails in both Zermatt and Jungfrau region next month, but still not sure where should I stay as a base town. May I ask what town did you stay during the 3 days there? Or which would you recommend between Grindelwald, Wengen, or Murren? Thank you so much!

    • Charles

      Hey Shari – glad you enjoyed the itinerary. I am sure you will have a great time there too! That is definitely one of the biggest questions people ask when thinking about the Jungfrau region and I hope to actually write up an article on it as well. If you are planning on heading to all three parts of the region during your time there, I don’t think it matters tooo much where you end up staying. If I had to decide though I would probably end up saying Wengen due to its central location, its car free town, and its hotel/restaurant options. Murren is a close second but it can just be a bit more of a hassle getting in and out of Murren (cable car/train/bus). Grindelwald probably has the most options out there for places to stay but can also be the most crowded since it is the only one that has car access. Hope that helps a bit! Have a great trip!

  4. nasser

    Good morning ,
    i want visit Switzerland‬
    i want booking tranportaion with Guide thats virst time visit
    Switzerland‬ ..
    i want booking for 10 days ..
    need ur help to get good company for travel

  5. Laura

    Love everything about this itinerary! Seems to be a great mix of hiking, Adventure, and Old Town sightseeing. Hope to follow most of it for our future trip to Switzerland! Hoping to go June 2020! Thank You for all of the great advice!

    • Charles

      Hey Laura – glad you like it! Exactly what I was going for when I was writing it up. If you have any questions along the way let me know. Should be an incredible trip!

  6. Lumarie

    How much time did you expend planning this trip? I usually plan my trips with at least 6 months in advance, but I just decided yesterday to go there!!! I am exited and overwhelmed at the same time…your itinerary is exactly what I want to do!!!

    • Charles

      Hi Lumarie – it really depends but I would say about 4 or so months in advance for a one off trip. Glad this itinerary has helped! Hope you have a great time!

  7. Jacke page

    Thank you so much for writing this – super helpful! What time of year were you there when taking these pictures? I’m visiting next September and hope to get similar views.

    • Charles

      Hey Jacke – thanks for the comment! Most of these pictures were taken during mid June. The month of September is a great time to visit – less crowds and great weather. I would say the only main difference you may see is a bit less snow on the mountains vs. the pictures in the itinerary.

      Hope that helps!

  8. Carry A

    This is so good and useful. We are planning our 11 days trip to Switzerland using a lot of your guide. Though our trip will be in mid Winter and the 4 of us are in our 60s. So won’t be going to do any trail walks.
    May be next time write one for the winter period and some side notes for those less young. (Alternative things to do)
    Thank you.

    • Charles

      Hi Carry – I am glad the itinerary has helped out. And thanks for the feedback! I am hoping to head back in the winter one day soon. I am sure you will have a fantastic time there!

  9. Jayant

    we in family of 3 would like to do Switzerland in May’20 end.Which of the trails you would recommend to be MUST DO ,if we need to choose to compensate for regular site seeing points also .
    Would May end be the right time ?

    • Charles

      If you are around the Jungfrau region a couple great family hikes would be the Mannlichen-Kleine Scheidegg trail (which may not be open in May), the walk down the Lauterbrunnen Valley, and the hike to Bachalpsee Lake.

      In Zermatt I think the 5 lakes trail is one of the most scenic I have done in Switzerland.

      Again though, even in May there could be some snowfall on the ground up in the mountains.

  10. Shreya

    Hi, your itinerary is really helpful. I am planning to do this trip in last week of Jan, 2020. Are the places still easily accessible during Jan end-Feb beginning such as hikes, cable cars etc? Or would I be missing a lot if I go during that time.

    • Charles

      Hi Shreya – going in Jan/Feb time period will not offer much hiking. You can still make your way up to Schilthorn or some of the cable cars for example to take in the views but all the hikes will be closed. If you are a skier though, there will be a ton of skiing options all over the area. Overall it will just be a different type of trip. Hope that helps!

  11. WP

    Hi, thanks for the detailed itinerary. Would you share a bit more on their food expenditure per meal and any recommendation?

    • Charles

      Hi WP – no problem! Switzerland is an expensive country so meals at restaurants will not come cheap. Expect around $25 give or take just for a normal main course at a standard restaurant (salad, pasta, etc).

      When I was in the mountains, instead of eating out for every meal, I would head to the supermarket and buy food to cook myself. I was spending less than half as I would vs. eating at a restaurant. With that said though, you will need to make sure to book accommodation that has a kitchen.

      Hope that helps!

  12. Soujanya

    Hi, thanks for the detailed itinerary. I love hikes, so this itinerary suits best for me. We are planning to travel to Switzerland in Mid Apr 2020. Could you please suggest whether Apr is best time to travel or not?

    • Charles

      Hi Soujanya – no problem! If you are looking for the best time to go hiking, I would suggest pushing back to around June – September time period. The reason is because much of the snow higher up on the mountains won’t be melted by April, making many trails inaccessible. You will still be able to take part of some lower elevation hikes such as the one down the Lauterbrunnen Valley for example. But for the most part, many of the hikes mentioned may not be open just yet.

      Hope that helps!

  13. Miles

    Hi, thanks for the wonderful itinerary! I’ll be doing a solo trip from last week of Jan to first week of Feb.
    Is there any sites where I can check which are the hikes that are open?
    And would you recommend any full / half day tours?

    • Charles

      Hey Miles – Jan/Feb will see limited trails open due to the snow cover but you still should find some winter hiking available although I am not as familiar with it.

      This site seems to have some of Zermatt’s trails open/closing:

      For Jungfrau maybe contact the tourism office there (helpdesk(at)

      Definitely head up to Schilthorn though for the views!

      Hope that helps a bit!

  14. Argenthene

    Hello Charles! I’m glad that you shared this wonderful and detailed iterenary, we would like to follow this iterenary. we are family of 3 and it would be our first time travelling far away and Switzerland is first in our bucket list. We are from Canada and i am wondering and really appreciate if you could share an idea of how much would it cost us to travel in Switzerland for the perfect 10 days during summer time. Thank you so much?

    • Charles

      Hello Argenthene – sounds great! You will have a wonderful time exploring all that Switzerland has to offer. The costs though really depend on your budget and how much you are comfortable spending on dining and accommodation. You can choose to cook your own meals and eat for less than $5 per day or you can go to restaurants where meals can cost $20+ per person.

      Same thing goes for accommodation – I listed out several choices for each place as well as some budget ones as well so you can take a look and book what is best for you.

      I will say you will probably want to purchase the Swiss Travel Pass though. This will cost $430 USD (based on today’s exchange rate) per person. You will also need to purchase some additional routes for cablecars in the mountains but the Pass should cover most other travel. Note – if you have a child under the age of 16 then you can get the complimentary Family Card and that child will travel for free if you purchase the Swiss Travel Pass for yourself.

      Hope that helps!

  15. Irene Meehan

    Would you recommend the town of Bern – if so how would i fit that in

    • Charles

      Hey there Irene – I would definitely recommend the town of Bern! Given the itinerary above, the easiest way to add it in would be with a day trip from Interlaken (less than an hour train). I wrote a guide to Bern here:

      As for Chur, I have not visited but if you would like to head there, you can do so from Zurich. It is about 1.5 hours by train.

      Hope that helps!

  16. Irene Meehan

    what about Chur?

  17. Cyn

    Thank you so much for all these detailed posts! Your blog makes my heart pumping and really excited to plan a trip to Switzerland! But can I ask will there be lesser bugs in Sept to Oct? And during that period, I can still see snow capped mountains up at the James bond museum right?

    • Charles

      Hi Cyn – no problem! Glad you have enjoyed them.

      As for bugs I honestly dont recall them being a problem at all (I was there in June though). And yes I am sure you will be able to see plenty of snow capped mountains in September and October from the top of Schilthorn!

      Hope that helps!

  18. Kinsley

    Hi Charles – I just came across you site today and have been reading all your Switzerland posts for the past few hours! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been tentatively planning a solo trip and I have to laugh because my route is pretty much identical to yours. I’m sure I have a million questions, but I’ll keep this brief – what do you recommend for cell/data service when in Switzerland? And I’m curious why you went back to Geneva instead of staying in Montreux or another town on the way to Zermatt. Thanks again!

    • Charles

      Hey Kinsley – glad you have enjoyed all the content! Switzerland has been one of favorite countries to write about and I actually may be heading back this summer again.

      To answer your two questions though –

      I always get local sim cards while traveling and did the same when I arrived in Switzerland. The plans start around 1GB and go up from there (I think I had a 10GB plan and paid maybe 30 CHF). Either way there should be plenty to choose from when you land at or in the city centers.

      Montreux is so close by train to Geneva and I didnt want to hop around too much with my stuff and check into / out of hotels so often. You can definitely spend the night in Montreux instead of the day trip and save a bit of time on the way to Zermatt. I dont think you can go wrong either way though!

      Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.


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