8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Drink-Shop Luzern, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and visit Old Town.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich attractions planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 16°C in Zurich. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
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 1st (Tue): admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, and then get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken route maker site .

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
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 3rd (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva holiday planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

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

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