7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprungli. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Grossmunster. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lake Lucerne). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planning site .

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from San Francisco to Zurich, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bellinzona travel route builder .

You can drive from Zurich to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Bellinzona sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Trails

Side Trip

Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
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Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Interlaken online tour builder .

You can drive from Bellinzona to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bellinzona in July: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 75°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Maennlichen
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Parasailing & Paragliding

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