Looking for a fun 10-day Switzerland itinerary? Then read on, because you find many travel tips on how to spend 10 days in Switzerland (and up to 14 days).

While some people might believe that seven or ten days in Switzerland is way too much time, I think it is the minimum amount of time to spend in this tiny, yet amazingly beautiful, country.

There is so much to do and see that I leave heartbroken every single time, even though I road- and train-trip Switzerland for a whole six weeks each year. 

There are just so many places to visit and here are my top recommendations for spending 10 days in Switzerland (or even how to spend two weeks in Switzerland).

Find tips and tricks for getting around, where to stay, and more important information that you will need to have a wonderful time. It feels like the days are over in a heartbeat, so it is important to make the best of your trip and see as much as possible.

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In this 10-day Switzerland itinerary, you will find out:

  • Where to stay in Switzerland for 10 days
  • How to get around Switzerland in ten days
  • More travel tips for your trip to Switzerland
  • Places to visit and things to do in 10 days (or up to 14 days)

Where to Stay in Switzerland For 10 Days

If you stay in Switzerland for 10 days, I recommend not having a base to travel back to save time. I suggest, changing hotels about 3-4 times so you can stay in one place for 1-3 nights and doing trips before continuing your trip.

Since I mention many places on this itinerary (that you will probably not be able to do all), you can choose the places you want to visit and book your hotel there. You will find hotel recommendations further below.

10 Days in Switzerland – How to Get Around

There are three amazing ways to get around in Switzerland: Walking and hiking, road-tripping, and train travel.

While just walking is impossible, you need to either travel by car or use public transportation.

Public Transportation: If you plan to get on some of the mountains (as I suggest in this itinerary), a Swiss Travel Pass makes the most sense.

It is not cheap but when you do many activities, like boat cruises, visiting museums or getting on mountain summits (and of course using public transportation) a Swiss Travel Pass is the best option.

You also have free access to many museums, can use the boats for free on almost all lakes (except Walensee, which is not mentioned in this itinerary), and get up to 50% discount on many mountain trips (some are even free with this pass).

Public transportation is safe, on time, reliable, and the window views are one of y kind!

Hello Switzerland - what can I do with a Swiss Travel Pass
 So, there are no 10 days Swiss Travel Pass, but this 8 days Pass might be the cheapest option (and for the first two days, or the first and last day, you could get single tickets).

Driving in Switzerland: Driving in Switzerland is fun and safe. While I totally enjoy driving there (even though it is quite challenging driving in the mountains), I hate not admiring the scenery as much as I would love.

Just stick to the speed limit (they take it very seriously there) and have change for parking (which can be extremely pricey, and finding good spots in the city centers is a challenge), and you will have the most beautiful road trip in Europe.

Apart from driving or train riding, there are more ways to get around though you probably will not be able to avoid driving/public transportation completely.

Walking/hiking: Switzerland is made for nice strolls and amazing hikes. Find my post with hiking tips here. Bring comfortable shoes – the city centers often have cobbled-stone streets. And for hiking, bring proper hiking boots.

Boats: I am slightly obsessed with boat cruises in Switzerland – and you should do at least one boat cruise there. However, they are not the perfect way to get around because they are lake boat cruises. So, there are only stops along the lake shores and you will not get very far via boats.

Cable cars/funiculars: If you want to get on mountain peaks, cable cars and funiculars are a good way. Switzerland caters to non-hikers as well as hikers. You can get on most mountain peaks without much effort. However, the tickets for cable cars/funicular are quite expensive.

Visa Regulations for Switzerland

Switzerland is not part of the European Union though people from the European Union do not need a visa. If you are coming from elsewhere, please do check visa regulations.

Money/ Credit Cards

  • The currency is the Swiss Francs. Most Swiss shops accept payment in dollars or euros. I would still change money and have some Swiss francs with me as it gets more expensive if you pay euros. 
  • Also, you can often pay with your credit card, at least in bigger stores. I have come across smaller shops – especially in smaller areas or restaurants – where only cash payment is accepted.

Switzerland is expensive – so here are a few tips on how to save money during your trip.


This 10-day Switzerland itinerary is different from most others. Here you will find many different activities and a timeframe. So, there are activities for 14 days, and you just pick those places that are the most appealing to you, and this way, you can create your own – and best for you – 10 days.

Rhine Falls – 0,5 Days

If you fly into Zurich (or arrive in Zurich via trains/bus, head to the Rhine Falls first. The biggest waterfall in Europe is about an hour’s drive (or train ride) from Zurich. It is located near the German border, and it is a great experience to get so close to this powerful waterfall.

Rhine Falls Switzerland Best places to see in Switzerland

  • Do a boat tour and get close to the waterfalls
  • See the waterfalls from the platform
  • See the castle at Rhine Falls

Whether you get to the platform or do a boat ride, the waterfall is one of the best places to see if you have 10 -14 days in Switzerland.

Zurich – 1 Day

After visiting (which probably takes 4-6 hours total), head back to Zurich.  It is the biggest city in the country and a fun place to visit.

Things to see in Zurich Switzerland - visit cafes


  • Explore the Bahnhofstrasse (the most expensive street in the world). Though it does not look spectacular, this street beats 5th Avenue when it comes to rental prices. And since its convenient location is close to Lake Zurich and the Old Town, you should not skip it when visiting Switzerland.
  • Stroll the old town with the narrow streets and old and colorful buildings.
  • You can also visit the Uetliberg (Zurich´s house mountain) and enjoy some more nice views from there.
  • Relax at Lake Zurich and take it easy for the last few hours. 
  • As a boat tour lover, I, of course, recommend a boat tour on Lake Zurich. There are many fine-dining restaurants around the lake and supermarkets if you prefer getting food/snacks for a picnic at the lake.
  • Personally, I think that there is no better way to end a day in Zurich than at Lake Zurich. Especially on a summer day, when the street musicians are playing lovely music, and people just gather around the lake – Zurich gives you the best summer feeling! The atmosphere is way more relaxed than in other parts of Switzerland, it feels people are open-minded here, and you´ll see locals and tourists alike enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds Zurich.
  • If you want to be more active, rent a bike for free and explore Zurich by bike.
  • I could name many more things to do in Zurich (click here for more top things to do in Zurich), but I will leave it here.

With 10 days in Switzerland, you should be able to spend 1 full day in Switzerland before continuing your trip.


  • Zurich has some great luxury hotels which are amazing to get spoiled and enjoy life. Baur au Lac is one of the best-rated luxury hotels close to the city center.
  • Arlette am Hauptbahnhof is one of the best-rated mid-range hotels close to the city center.
  • Warning, there are not many budget hotels in Zurich. I once stayed at this hostel in the heart of Zurich and think, it is a good choice if you are on a budget or want to meet other travelers. 

Ebenalp Mountain and Appenzell – 1 Day

If you are interested in seeing the world-famous cliff mountain guest house, “The Ascher,” in the canton of Appenzellerland plan a trip to Appenzell. It is quite easily reachable by car or train from Zurich (about 90-120 by car or train) – from there, head to the “Wasserauen” Station to explore Ebenalp Mountain first.

unique things to do in Switzerland Aescher Guest House


  • Hike up to the Aescher (or take the cable car)
  • See the Wildkirchli
  • Hike down to Seealpsee

Depending on whether you hike or take the cable car, it takes something like 2-6 hours. Check out my detailed guide on how to see the Aescher with more tips.

Once back at the valley, you can head back to the hotel or explore the cute and colorful town of Appenzell which is just a few minutes drive away.

Best Switzerland destinations
 Appenzell is quite small, so you do not need much time for it, but you can end your day and stay in one of the town center hotels before heading back to the Italian-speaking part the next day.

Click here to find the best hotels for your stay in Appenzell

Flims – 1 Day

Discover one of the hidden gems of Switzerland – Flims! The area, about a two-hour train or car ride from Zurich, is a gorgeous and natural piece of the region of Graubünden.

Switzerland tourist attractions
 You will see one of the most beautiful lakes in Switzerland – Lake Cauma. Lake Cauma is a mountain lake, in about 1000 meters elevation, but you can also drive up almost all the way and then hike down. If you do this, you will get to see more natural wonders. One of them is Lake Cresta and the Rhine Gorge. All of these beautiful places will cross your path if you hike for just an hour (or a bit longer).


  • Chill at Lake Cauma
  • Hike from Lake Cauma to Rhine Gorge
  • From Rhine Gorge continue your hike to Lake Cresta
  • Rest at Lake Cresta

There is a restaurant at Lake Cresta where you can have lunch or take your own food and enjoy a picnic with a view (do not forget to bring your water bottle, as there are water fountains with fresh water).

You could also hike up again or just take the Yellow Postauto to get you to your hotel or back up to your car.

This place is not well-known among tourists, so you will mostly share it with locals. Check out my full guide for a day in Flims.

If you stay two weeks in the country, I suggest doing both of them – Flims and Appenzell.

Valle Verzasca – 1 Day

After Flims, it is time to explore some of Switzerland’s Italian-speaking parts – more precisely Ticino.

Truth to be told: This place is just gorgeous. If you want to enjoy some cultural sightseeing, you can visit one of the castles in Bellinzona; they have great views. If you are on the hunt for more natural wonders, it is time to visit this unique place…Valle Verzasca.

This place is an absolute dream and one of the best places to visit in 10 days in Switzerland. The water is so green, clear, and inviting that it makes you want to jump in. Or not, as the water is cold.

Where to go in Switzerland on holidays
 But whether you hop in or not (I have never done), I cannot deny that I was in awe – Mother Nature knows how to create true beauty!

The Lavertezzo Bridge makes this place even more unique. Getting there from Flims is rather time-consuming, but believe me, it is worth it. It is completely different than any other place in Switzerland.

Click here to find the best hotels in Locarno

Zermatt or Montreux – 2 Days

Okay, this is hard! 

While I recommend visiting both places, it takes some time to get from Valle Verzasca to Montreux and to get from Valle Verzasca to Zermatt.

While the distance is not that far, driving in this area is tricky (with loads of mountain tunnels and traffic), but ideally, you would visit both places. But realistically, you may only be able to visit one place – especially if you have only 10 days in Switzerland and not a day more


Zermatt is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful towns, and I think it is a must-see in Switzerland. With its world-famous house mountain, the uniquely-shaped Matterhorn, it is a great place to visit throughout the year.

Switzerland 10 day itinerary
 Since it is car-free, you have to leave your car in Taesch and take the train up. In Zermatt itself, you´ll find some electric cars (as well as taxis and buses), but it is so tiny that you can easily make your way around on foot.


  • If you decide to visit Zermatt, make sure to get on Matterhorn Glacier for the amazing views. Just be aware that you might suffer from altitude sickness, as getting up to more than 3000 meters can be a shock to the system.
  • End your day with a stroll along the beautiful Vispa River and a stop in one of the numerous cafes or restaurants. 
  • Here is my post on more fun things to do in Zermatt.

The only downside to Zermatt is that it is quite remote. Getting there is time-consuming (though the train ride is an experience for itself), which makes me hesitant to recommend it with 10 days in Switzerland if you want to visit as many places as possible.


Click here to find my accommodation guide for Zermatt.


Lake Geneva is a magnificent and giant lake in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

A boat tour on Lake Geneva - Things to do in Montreal - a boat tour on Lake Geneva
 While Geneva is probably the first city that comes to your mind when visiting this area, I actually recommend skipping Geneva if you stay in Switzerland for 10 days only.

Geneva is great, do not get me wrong. It is interesting with all of its political institutions, the lake, and so on, but it is located in the southwestern part of Switzerland. Getting there takes time, so unless you really want to visit Geneva, I recommend visiting Montreux.

Montreux is beautiful! It seriously is! It is small, so walking around does not take much time, but with the most beautiful promenade in Switzerland, Lake Geneva, and Chateau de Chillon, it does not have to shy away from any comparison. Okay, this might sound like an exaggeration, but I am sure you will fall in love with Montreux, too).


  • Visit Chateau de Chillon
  • Spend time in/on/at Lake Geneva
  • See the Freddie Mercury Statue 
  • Stroll the beautiful Montreux promenade
  • Check out my more detailed guide on Montreux


  • Luxury Hotels in Montreux: For one of the most luxurious experiences in Montreux, check out Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
  • Mid-Range Hotels in Montreux: As mentioned above, I stayed at the lovely 4-star hotel Eurotel which you can check out here – I was more than happy with my choice.
  • Budget Hotels in Montreux: Okay, there are not really budget-friendly hotels in Montreux – accommodation around Lake Geneva is just pretty expensive. But here are the best budget hotels that are well-rated. Find out about the best budget hotels in Montreux.

If you are happy enough to stay in Switzerland for two weeks, I surely suggest visiting both towns – if both towns are appealing to you, then you might have to skip a few other places mentioned here. TIP: If you travel by train, always ask for the most scenic routes- train riding in Switzerland is an experience by itself.

Interlaken and Jungfrau Region

The Jungfrau region, including Interlaken, is like heaven on Earth, and you would be missing out if you did not visit here!

There is so much to do, so make sure to book two nights in this region if you stay 10 days in Switzerland.

Jungfraujoch – 1 Day

Plan one full day for a mountain excursion. A trip to Jungfraujoch is probably the most famous and popular one. Is Jungfraujoch a must-visit in 10 days in Switzerland? Well, I enjoyed my trip but…This trip is not cheap. If you are on a budget, there are also many other mountain excursions in the region.

top of europe Jungfraujoch - things to know.
 The Jungfraujoch station is the highest train station in Europe. It is like a little village by itself, and you can explore the Ice Palace or Alpine Sensation. And you will get to see snow – and play with it, too – regardless of when you visit! There is snow every day of the year.

If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you get a discount on this quite expensive day trip. Click here to find out more about it. You might have some time after your trip to Jungfraujoch. If so, I suggest spending the rest of the time in the very charming town of Grindelwald.

Interlaken and Lake Thun & Lake Brienz – 1 Day

Now, it is time to visit more great places in the region. If you want to start the day in a relaxed frame of mind, go to Lake Brienz and start with a boat tour.

Lake Brienz is actually of my favorites, as the water has the most beautiful color and shimmers a lovely turquoise. 

View from Brienzer Rothorn
If you want to have more amazing mountain views, you can do another mountain trip. My all-time favorite mountain excursion was my trip to Brienzer Rothorn. 

Arrive at Brienz station by boat (and have the first glimpses of beautiful Lake Brienz) and take the old steam locomotive to get up Brienzer Rothorn. It is an amazing experience, and you will surely not regret the day trip.

Afterward, take the boat again (check the timetable to make sure you do not miss the last boat) to Giessbach Waterfalls. Get out there and take a short hike up (or take the hotel funicular to get to the Grand Giessbach Hotel). You have some amazing views from there of Lake Brienz and the waterfall. In winter, the restaurant (and hotel) is closed, but you can enjoy a coffee at the outdoor cafe most of the time. This hotel has also become one of my favorite hotels in the world, with amazing views and interesting decor.

The prices are quite high to stay overnight at Grand Giessbach Hotel, so if you are on a budget, make sure to enjoy at least a drink (or a fantastic dinner) at the hotel.

Another tip: If you skip any of these activities for any reason (no hard feelings on my side), I have other top tips for the region.

Click here to find the best hotels for your stay in Bernese Oberland.

Lauterbrunnen & Schilthorn – 1 Day

If you want to visit one of the most popular places in the region, head to beautiful Lauterbrunnen.

Lauterbrunnen is notorious for adrenaline rushes and adventurous activities – skydiving, bungee jumping, base jumpers, etc. BUT there are also some hiking trails – after all, it is Switzerland.

Green fields and famous touristic town with high waterfall in background,Lauterbrunnen,Bernese Oberland,Switzerland,Europe

But it is also known for the 72 waterfalls (the most famous of which are the Staubbach Waterfalls and Trümmelfach Falls), for being an extremely beautiful little village, and for being home of the Schilthorn mountain, where portions of the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was set.

The trip to Lauterbrunnen, including a hike and some other activities, will take up to a day, so you will probably not have much time to do anything else.

St. Beatus Caves & Thun – 1 Day

Another very dreamy place to visit in 10 days, are the St. Beatus Caves. 

Ten days in Switzerland Itinerary
Get to St. Beatus Caves by bus or car and then take a 10-minute “hike” up to enjoy one of the best views in Interlaken. It is not the height that impresses, but the setting – the beautiful caves, the restaurant with a Lake Thun view, etc.

After that, hike down the other side to take in another beautiful view – and find out why road tripping in Switzerland is such an amazing way to discover the country. These roads are just made for exploring! 

Lake Thun-Top Things to do in Interlaken, Switzerland
Check out my more deatiled guide on the St. Beatus Caves. This trip will probably not last one full day, so you can then head to Sigriswil (all by bus, which you can ride with a Swiss Travel Pass or by car) to cross the panorama bridge in Sigriswil or have coffee in a wonderfully weird place called “Grabenmühle.”

If you want to experience some “city life,” head to the beautiful town of Thun, which is quite close to the St. Beatus Caves. You can visit castles there, spend time at the park and end your day at one of the numerous cafes in town. Here is my more detailed Thun city guide.

Blausee and Oeschinensee – 1 Day

My tip is to explore a few of the amazing lakes that are located in the region. In Kandersteg, you´ll find two of the most beautiful lakes in all of Europe, and with 10 days in Switzerland, you have enough time to see these lakes.

Blausee, a tiny lake of astonishing color, is located in a nature park where you can stroll along the lake (but not swim in it) and take it easy. If you want to get active, you can paddle a boat – or just dine in the restaurant that comes with a lake view. Find out more about Blausee.

Afterward, or before, head to Lake Oeschinen, another gorgeous lake that is mind-blowing.

Stunning Lake Oeschinensee with Arzo Travels
To get there, you need to get to Kandersteg Station (parking is available if you come by car) and then either hike up or take a gondola up.

You can either walk directly to the lake (about 20 minutes easy downhill walk) or do some hiking (several hours) for phenomenal views. The view is worth it, so I highly recommend the hike if you are moderately fit.

At the lake, you can swim or have a picnic (or have lunch in the restaurant next to the lake). Check out my Lake Oeschinen guide. The cable car does not run all year – so check out times here.

End the day in Thun or Interlaken.

I suggest staying in/near Interlaken if you explore the area of Jungfrau/Interlaken. 


Bern – 1 Day

If I asked, “What is the capital of Switzerland,” would you know off the top of your head? Actually, most guess that it is Zurich, but the truth is that Bern is the lovely capital. While smaller and less well-known, this city is a beauty!

What to do in 10 days in Switzerland
 So, do not skip and pencil in at least one day for Bern.


  • Visit the bears (yes, you read that right, some bears live in the city center of Bern, just next to the Aare river). But no worries, there is a fence that keeps the bears from getting to you and eating you alive.
  • Enjoy the best view from the Rosengarten
  • Stroll along the old town of Bern (btw, the whole city center of Bern is a UNESCO World Heritage site.)
  • Check out my Bern travel guide for more places to visit and things to do.


The old town is also my tip for staying in Bern (though parking might be tricky if you have a car).

  • Luxury Hotel: If you are looking for a 5-star luxury place to stay, Bellevue Palace is probably the best place to stay for your Bern trip. It is centrally located and is great for those who like to indulge in luxury. To check out rates, click here.
  • Mid-Range Hotel: I stayed at the 3-star hotel Goldener Schlüssel for 1 night, located in the city center/old town. Though my hotel room was pretty small though, the breakfast was simple, but the location was perfect and made up for it. Check out rates here.
  • Budget Hotel: Switzerland is no budget-friendly place, and Bern is no exception. B&B in Klee is not directly located in the city center but probably a good place if you have to watch your budget more closely. Check out rates here.

Lucerne & Mount Rigi & Mount Pilatus – 2 Days

I know that many people who visit Switzerland for a few days will say that Lucerne is the most beautiful city there, but I somewhat disagree (Zurich will always be my true city love). However, I still think you should spend two days in Lucerne, and this is for several reasons.

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
 After a busy few days, you need some time to recharge and rest. Lucerne is one of the best places to chill.  Lucerne has some breathtaking places close by that you should also check out! Also, Lucerne is, above all, wonderful.

If you are short on time, a few hours in Lucerne itself is probably enough, and sitting in one of the cafes outside will be a fantastic way to top off your day – and your Switzerland trip.

If you have a sunny day, make sure to head to Weggis, which is located on Lake Lucerne’s shores and is the perfect place to rest after all the busy sightseeing in Switzerland.

Weggis - Relax at Lake Lucerne without the crowd


  • Visit Chapel Bridge
  • Explore the old town and admire the beautiful old buildings
  • Take a Lake Lucerne boat cruise
  • Rest at Weggis – a “hidden place” to swim. There is also a lido (a beach area watched by staff), but the hidden gem is even better. Bring your blanket, some snacks and drinks – and your bathing suit.
  • Check out my travel guide for Lucerne


  • Luxury Hotels in Lucerne: Schweizerhof Luzern is a lovely luxury hotel in Lucerne, I stayed for two nights. It is located at Lake Lucerne’s shores and a few hundred meters from the old town and main tourist attractions.
  • Mid-Range Hotels in Lucerne: Hotel des Alps is a lovely 3-star hotel in the city center (and it comes with great views). However, it is not only about the views. The restaurant downstairs offers breakfast (with a view), and from there, you are ready to explore the city within minutes. Click here to find the best rates for your stay at Hotel des Alpes.
  • Budget Hotels in Lucerne: The Bed & Breakfast -Neustadt offers single and double rooms (with an occupancy of 4 people maximum). Some rooms have a shared bathroom, and some have a private one. Click here to find the best rates for your stay at B&B.
  • TIP: The best option is to look for Airbnb accommodation if you are on a budget. The prices are slightly better, so this might be another option. Are you a first-time Airbnb user? Save on your next stay with Airbnb.
  • Check out my accommodation guide for Lucerne.

Mount Rigi

If you cannot get enough of mountain views, head to Mount Rigi for the sunset. 

Mount Rigi with the Swiss Travel Pass
It is not very far from Weggis, so you can easily combine the trip. Riding up the mountain (funicular) is a feast for the eyes. Getting up while looking at the Alps, Lake Lucerne, and many lush meadows is a fantastic way to end your day – because on sunny days, the sunset from Mount Rigi is often amazing.

Mount Pilatus

Alternatively, you can visit Mount Pilatus.

Whether you get (or better arrive at) to Mount Pilatus by boat, car, or public transportation, the next few hours will be wonderful once you are there.

Mount Pilatus with the Swiss Travel Pass
To get up there, you have to either hike for a couple of hours or take a funicular/cable car. Getting up is great, walking on the mountain top is great, and even getting down is amazing!

Since there are many possible activities that you can do up there (including paragliding, hiking, and more), it would be easy to spend a full day on the mountain.


Because Switzerland is such a beauty, I highly suggest staying longer than 10 days in Switzerland. And if you stay for 14 days or so, here are a few more suggestions.

Valposchiavo – 2 Days

In 2018 I visited Valposchiavo. I cannot believe it is still a hidden gem because it is one of the most beautiful places ON EARTH! Seriously, this region blew my mind. And I actually would add it on a 5-day Switzerland itinerary, but I am aware that many people want to see the main attractions first. 

Valposchiavo where to stay
However, if you plan a two-week Switzerland itinerary, enjoy train riding, or want to experience quieter places, then Valposchiavo will amaze you.

Take the famous and amazing Bernina Express – this is one of the most beautiful and scenic train routes in the world. I am serious. I have never been so serious before (okay, I might have been serious on other occasions before, but seriously….). Anyhow, I have a very detailed itinerary for Valposchiavo here (including a video of that place – but to Valposchiavo´s defense – my video doesn’t do it justice).

Check out prices for accommodation in Poschiavo, the capital of Valposchiavo.


If you stay in 12 or 14 days in Switzerland, you can visit all the above-mentioned places, but with only 10 days in Switzerland you might have to tweak the Switzerland itinerary as it fit the best for you.

I know some people might prefer a fixed itinerary. Still, since we have no exact taste and preferences (except that we all want to experience Switzerland´s amazing beauty), you can adjust your itinerary with the suggestions mentioned.

I know Switzerland is extremely expensive and, thus, many people skip it. But as you can see, this small country has so much to offer that 10 days in Switzerland sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? 

Find out about the best areas and places to stay in Switzerland – for all budgets.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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