7 DAYS IN SWITZERLAND ITINERARY + TRAVEL TIPS

CREATE A PERFECT ONE-WEEK IN SWITZERLAND ITINERARY

Thinking of planning an unforgettable one week in Switzerland? As a frequent visitor to this wonderful country, I can assure you that there are countless places absolutely worth seeing and 7 days in Switzerland is the right amount of time to see some of these unique wonders.

Explore world-renowned destinations like Interlaken, indulge in Swiss culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the Swiss countryside. This guide is your key to a week filled with breathtaking scenery, and vibrant city life, in the heart of Europe.

Let me help you plan the best 7-day Switzerland itinerary ever! You’ll discover breathtaking sceneries – from sparkling lakes and gorgeous mountains – while visiting the most charming old-world villages & towns – all this in Switzerland in 7 days.

Switzerland itinerary for 7 days, Arzo Travels
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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 7 DAYS IN SWITZERLAND

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting the Swiss Alps, then your travel dreams have just been answered! I’m proud to present my 7 days in Switzerland itinerary – it’s guaranteed to show you the best activities and places that this awe-inspiring country has to offer.

This is the best itinerary for Switzerland in 7 days – yes, I just made that bold claim. Can’t stay one week in Switzerland? Not problemo! Check out my 5-day alternative – perfect if time isn’t on your side but still want an unforgettable experience in Switzerland :).

In this 7-day Switzerland itinerary post, you will find out:

  • How to get around Switzerland in 7 days
  • Money tips for 7 days in Switzerland 
  • How much does a 7-day Switzerland trip cost
  • The best time to visit
  • Where to stay in Switzerland for a week
  • More travel tips for a week in Switzerland
  • Places to visit and best things to do 

How to Get to Switzerland

BY PLANE: Kickstart your journey in Zurich, the biggest city in Switzerland! Whether you choose to take the train or rent a car at Zurich International Airport, it’ll just be 20 minutes till you’re in the city center.

Some people leave from Geneva. Geneva is not part of this travel itinerary for Switzerland. But don’t worry – that’s okay too! You can look like an adventurer and loop around all these gorgeous towns starting and ending it with…you guessed it: ZURICH!!!

BY TRAIN: Your journey should begin in Zurich! It’s a great place full of amazing experiences – and all the more convenient with its well-connected train station. No need for any long hikes; simply hop on board at the central hub and be whisked away into city center fun or see some spectacular sights nearby!

How to Get Around Switzerland

Whether you prefer the convenience of car travel or the romance of a train journey, each route reveals breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. 

BY CAR

Switzerland is a road-trippers paradise! There’s so much to explore – mountain roads, lakeside views, and Alpine sunsets. And with a Swiss toll sticker (40 CHf, about $40, that is valid for a full calendar year) you can get there in record time.

So if scenic drives and making memories are your thing then this is the trip of a lifetime waiting just for you… 

Switzerland road trip tips by Arzo Travels, Lake Thun
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Driving around Lake Thun near Interlaken

Driving in Switzerland is fun and safe. The highways and country roads are well-maintained, making for a smooth ride. Of course, things can get busier around main city centers if you plan on visiting those – so keep that in mind before departing.

And luckily there are plenty of gas stations along your route as well; although gas here is also quite expensive. If renting fits better with your travel plans I’ve got a great spot where you’ll find the best deals. 

Check them out through my post about an incredible Switzerland Road Trip adventure. 

➡️ Click here to find the rental prices for your Switzerland road trip.

🚉 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN SWITZERLAND

Switzerland sure knows how to make public transportation a real pleasure ride! On-time, reliable, clean, and safe – what’s not to like? Well…okay the price tag might be hefty but hey when you’re taking in the postcard-perfect views during your journey it totally makes up for those € spent.

Believe me, with so many gorgeous sights you can see from your window seat; riding that train is a reward!

Luzern Interlaken Express window view
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Luzern – Interlaken Express window view

SWISS TRAVEL PASS

For this Switzerland itinerary, I strongly recommend that you use the Swiss Travel Pass if you do not road trip. It is only available to non-Swiss – but for most visitors from abroad, it is perfect for getting around. 

ℹ️ Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass is quite expensive but it will pay off.

ℹ️ You can use buses and trains without any extra costs.

ℹ️ Also, most boat cruises on most lakes are included.

ℹ️ Even some mountain excursions are included (like Mount Rigi) and for most others, you will get a 50% discount.

ℹ️ The Swiss Travel Pass also covers most museums and entrances to castles.

ℹ️ There are passes for 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 days available. I suggest, getting the 8-day pass for this itinerary.

➡️ Click here to find the rates for a Swiss Travel Pass.

Money / Currency in Switzerland

ℹ️ Switzerland is not part of the European Union and does not have the Euro (€). They use Swiss Francs. At the moment, 1 Swiss Franc equals about 1€ or $1,15. 

ℹ️ Credit cards are widely accepted (especially Visa and Mastercard). Still, I recommend always having cash on you for the smaller things you need to pay for (especially in smaller towns and shops).

ℹ️ As mentioned, the country is not known as a backpacker’s paradise, mainly because accommodations are costly. Also, food is not cheap (though the quality is often better than in other European countries). Ideally, you can save money by reducing your meat, alcohol, and cigarette consumption for those seven days – and find out more about Switzerland’s budget tips here or check out my guide on how expensive a Switzerland trip is.

How Expensive is a 7-Day Switzerland Trip

Oh, when I get this question asked I always struggle to answer because the cost of a 7-day trip to Switzerland really depends on your travel style, the time of year, and the activities you choose to do.

However, since I do love to ask this question myself whenever I visit a new destination, I try to break it down for you before we talk about your actual one-week Switzerland itinerary.

Here are some estimated costs for three different travel styles: budget, mid-range, and luxury.

BUDGET TRAVEL

Let´s talk about budget travel in Switzerland.

  • Accommodation: Hostels or budget hotels can cost around 40-70 CHF per night, so for 7 nights, you’re looking at 280-490 CHF.
  • Transportation: A Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days (there is no 7-day pass) costs around 380 CHF, which gives you unlimited travel on trains, buses, and boats throughout the country. A rental car for 7 days can cost around 400-600 CHF, depending on the size and type of car + petrol. If you are on a budget and want to stay in one place to avoid a lot of travel time, it could bring your transportation costs down to 100 CHF for some bus rides, etc.
  • Activities: Many of Switzerland’s natural attractions, such as hiking trails and scenic viewpoints, are free. Other activities, such as visiting museums and attractions, can cost anywhere from 10-30 CHF per person, but many activities are also included in the Swiss Travel Pass.
  • Food: Budget for around 15-30 CHF per meal – for food in restaurants or cafes.

The total estimated cost for a budget 7-day trip to Switzerland is: 1100-1500 CHF. I know, you could live like a king for that money in some other countries but it will still be worth it!

MID-RANGE TRAVEL

If you do not have to watch your budget that closely, here is what a mid-range Switzerland budget trip could cost.

  • Accommodation: Mid-range hotels can cost around 100-200 CHF per night, so for 7 nights in Switzerland, you’re looking at 700-1400 CHF.
  • Transportation: A Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days (there is no 7-day pass) costs around 390 CHF, which gives you unlimited travel on trains, buses, and boats throughout the country. A rental car for 7 days can cost around 400-600 CHF, depending on the size and type of car + petrol
  • Activities: You may want to budget around 50-100 CHF per day for activities such as visiting museums or taking guided tours.
  • Food: Budget for around 30-50 CHF per meal, or 70-150 CHF per day, for food in restaurants or cafes.

Total estimated cost for a mid-range 7-day trip to Switzerland: 2500-3500 CHF. 

LUXURY TRAVEL

If you like to splurge – or just have this lifestyle – then here is what your luxury Swiss itinerary would look like.

  • Accommodation: Luxury hotels can cost around 300-1000 CHF per night, so for 7 nights, you’re looking at 2100-7000 CHF.
  • Transportation: A Swiss Travel Pass for 8 days (there is no 7-day pass) for the first class costs about 630 CHF, which gives you unlimited travel on trains, buses, and boats throughout the country. A luxury rental car for 7 days can cost around 1000-3000 CHF, depending on the size and type of car + petrol. Private transfers or hiring a luxury car for 7 days can cost around 2000-4000 CHF.
  • Activities: Budget for around 100-400 CHF per day for activities such as helicopter tours or private guided tours.
  • Food: Budget for around 50-100 CHF per meal, or 150-300 CHF per day, for food in high-end restaurants or cafes.

Total estimated cost for a luxury 7-day trip to Switzerland: 10,000-20,000 CHF – but there are no limits.

It’s important to note that these are rough estimates and that actual costs can vary depending on many factors. It’s always a good idea to research specific costs for the activities and accommodations you’re interested in before planning your trip. Here is a more detailed post on how much traveling to Switzerland is.

Best Time to Visit Switzerland

Switzerland is great to visit at any time of the year. But here are my two cents on what time might be the best time to visit Switzerland for 7 days for you.

For winter sports lovers, the best time to visit is obviously in winter. Any time from December to early March is probably a good time to visit if you want to hit the slopes. If you are not into winter sports but love Christmas Markets, visit in the first three weeks of December. The Christmas Markets in Switzerland are top-notch. 

Summer in Switzerland can be amazing. I experienced some very rainy days (and weeks) in summer, but often, the weather tends to be nice. Days are long, and you can squeeze more activities into your itinerary. 

Late Spring and fall are my favorite seasons. If you want to avoid the tourist crowds and save some money on hotels, then late April/May to June and from September to mid-October would be the best time to visit Switzerland. In spring and autumn, the daytime temperature range is 8 to 15 °C (46° – 59° F).  I just love the fall foliage that is next level here in Switzerland, so I highly recommend visiting in October!

However, there can always be certain events and activities – also outside of the busy season – which make a place more crowded, and hotel prices can thus increase.

MY OPINION: I loved Switzerland in winter, but if I had only one more chance to revisit Switzerland, I would choose late spring, summer, or early fall. Here is my more detailed post about the best time to visit Switzerland.

However, there is never a guarantee about the weather in Central Europe.

Languages in Switzerland

Switzerland is small and has only a bit more than 8,5 million inhabitants. However, it has four official languages! 

ℹ️ Most of the country speaks Swiss-German. The places I mention here are mostly located in the German-speaking part of the country (which is the north and east of Switzerland) as well as Central Switzerland. If you learn German at school etc., you will probably not understand that dialect, though. It is not German that is spoken in the news, movies, or so. But most Swiss people will try to speak High German if they realize you do not speak/understand the Swiss dialect.

ℹ️ Italian is spoken in some parts of South Switzerland – especially in the canton of Ticino.

ℹ️ French is another main language that people in the West and South speak. This includes Zermatt (where also German is spoken) but also places around Lake Geneva.

ℹ️ Romansh is a minor, yet still official, language that is spoken by very few (about 37,000 people) in the southeast of Switzerland.

ℹ️ English is not an official language but many people – especially in the tourism sector – speak at least some basic language. 

PLACES TO VISIT IN SWITZERLAND IN 7 DAYS

So, after all the travel tips, let´s dive into some of its top destinations so you can make the best out of your 7 days in Switzerland trip.

DAY 1 – STEIN AM RHEIN + RHINE FALLS

Why not begin your one week in Switzerland of bliss in a hidden gem nestled away up north – an idyllic little town that makes you transport back in time?

📍Stein am Rhein

After exploring many towns across the country – this beauty stood out to me with its unique architecture. Stop dreaming and explore Stein am Rhein; you won’t regret it! This enchanting little town feels like it’s straight from a storybook! Stein am Rhein is a must-see in any 7-day itinerary to Switzerland!

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This quaint Swiss town has everything you could want from a traditional Swiss village – colorful houses, cobbled streets, gabled roofs, and narrow alleys. Not only is it picturesque, but also one of the country’s oldest settlements. Walk along its old walls and streets to soak in the atmosphere of days gone by. 

THINGS TO DO IN STEIN AM RHEIN

✔️ Focus on the town center and admire the stunning buildings (maybe have lunch in one of the restaurants here)

✔️ Visit the Rathausplatz – town hall square

✔️ See the mediaval castle “Burg Hohenklingen”

✔️ Stroll the lovely river outside the town center

➡️ Find out more about Stein am Rhein here.

After some time in the town, it is time for nature. So head to the impressive waterfalls.

📍 Rhine Falls Near Schaffhausen

The biggest waterfalls in Europe aren’t in Iceland. You might be surprised to hear, that they are actually in Switzerland. The astonishing waterfalls near the town of Schaffhausen know how to impress.  

The Rhine Falls are located near Schaffhausen and the above-mentioned town of Stein am Rhein on the border with Germany, it is an impressive sight with a main cascade falling 23 meters and stretching 150 meters wide – truly awe-inspiring!

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Take a boat ride to get up close to the thundering water and be mesmerized by its sheer power. It is a must-see if you want to experience some of Switzerland’s most impressive waterfalls!

THINGS TO DO AT RHINE FALLS

✔️Get to the platform and watch the falls from very close

✔️ Take a boat ride and get very close to the waterfalls

➡️ Check out my guide on the Rhine Falls for more info

Click here to find the best accommodation near the waterfalls

The Rhine Falls are an especially great place to start if you come from Zurich (by train) or come by car from countries like Germany, France, or even Austria.

DAY 2 – ZURICH

Time to talk about the second day in Switzerland!

📍 Zurich

Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and a must-visit on any 7-day in Switzerland itinerary. It has a lot to offer – from its historic Old Town with its cobbled streets, lively cafes, panoramic views, and art galleries to its many other attractions like the Swiss National Museum, lakeside promenade, and boutique shops.

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One of the most well-known attractions in Zurich is Grossmünster, a Romanesque-style church with two towers and beautiful stained glass windows. It is located near the river Limmat in the heart of the city and close to other popular sites like Lake Zurich and Lindenhof Park.

THINGS TO DO IN ZURICH 

✔️ Stroll the old town and Bahnhofstrasse (which is the most expensive street in the world). Though it does not look spectacular, this street beats New York’s 5th Avenue with renting prices (have I mentioned that Switzerland is expensive?). 

✔️ Explore the beautiful old town with its many beautiful buildings (there are also great restaurants).

✔️ Do a boat cruise on Lake Zurich (free with a Swiss Travel Pass)

✔️ I think that there is no better way to end a day in Zurich than at/on/in Lake ZurichThis is especially true on summer days when street musicians play music and people gather around the lake.

ℹ️ If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you can use public transportation, including boats, in Zurich without any extra charge.

WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH

Luxury: Baur au LacZurich has some great luxury hotels that are amazing for getting spoiled and enjoying life. Baur au Lac is one of the best-rated luxury hotels close to the city center.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Baur au Lac here.

Mid-Range: The Glärnischhof by TRINITYOne of the best-rated mid-range hotels close to the city center this 4-star hotel, right next to the famous Bahnhofstrasse, 

🛌🏻 Book your stay at The Glärnischhof by TRINITY here.

Budget: Oldtown Hostel OtterWarning, there are not many budget hotels in Zurich. This is a good-rated hostel in Zurich. I stayed here once and for a hostel, it actually was quite good – especially because of its great location.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Oldtown Hostel Otter here.

DAY 3 – MOUNT PILATUS / MOUNT RIGI + LUCERNE

Another day in Switzerland and several more gorgeous places to visit.

Arrive early in the morning in Lucerne and store your luggage at the hotel before exploring this lovely city – and its astonishing scenery. I recommend heading to one of the surrounding mountains first. Lucerne has two impressive mountain peaks, which are easily accessible via cable cars/cogwheel trains.

📍 Mount Pilatus or Mount Rigi

Both of the mountains are amazing places to visit.

MOUNT PILATUS

Mount Pilatus is a mountain located to the east of the city. Lucerne, Switzerland, sitting at an elevation of 2,128 meters (6,982 feet) above sea level. There is so much to discover on Mount Pilatus! Plan a full day – or at least 5-6 hours – of exploration and let the scenic panorama take your breath away!

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From the top of Mount Pilatus, you can take in stunning views of the city and surrounding countryside. You’ll be able to see Lake Lucerne and some of the most famous Swiss mountains like Mount Rigi and Stanserhorn.

There are also a number of attractions at the summit, including an Alpine wildlife park, restaurants, shops, hiking trails, paragliding activities, and more.

If you visit Mount Pilatus from Lucerne, the best way to get there is by taking the boat across Lake Lucerne and then transitioning to a cogwheel railway or cable car at either Kriens or Alpnachstad. 

ℹ️ Tip: With a Swiss Travel Pass, you have a 50% discount on the ride up (and can do a Lake Lucerne boat cruise for free).

MOUNT RIGI

Mount Rigi is in Central Switzerland, between Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug. It stands at 1,800 meters (5,905 feet) above sea level and is the most popular tourist destination in Switzerland.

Take a trip up to the breathtaking Mount Rigi for some stunning views of beautiful Lake Lucerne! Mount Rigi is a special place for many reasons. It’s the perfect spot to take in nature’s beauty – from sunrise to sunset it’s one of the most beautiful places you could visit.

Mount Rigi with the Swiss Travel Pass
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Enjoy walking along its ridge or take the funicular railway up to the top and explore. From its peak, you can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

There are plenty of activities to enjoy like mountain biking, paragliding, snowshoeing & skiing in the winter, and more.

The best way to get to Mount Rigi is by taking a boat trip from Lucerne. From there, take the cogwheel (the RigiBahn) to the top of Mount Rigi Kulm. It’s a quick and easy journey that will bring you right to the top!

TIPS FOR VISITING MOUNT RIGI

ℹ️ With the Swiss Travel Pass, the Mount Rigi excursion (cogwheel) is included in 2023, so there are no extra costs for you.

ℹ️ If you enjoy hiking (or want to save money because you do not have a Swiss Travel Pass), you can also hike one way, or if you are fairly fit, you can hike up and down. You could also hike just some parts and take the funicular for the rest.

ℹ️ There is a restaurant at the top of the mountain if you want to enjoy lunch/dinner in the mountains.

MOUNT RIGI OR MOUNT PILATUS? I loved both mountain excursions and have done each several times actually (in winter and summer). Both are amazing! But with only 7 days in Switzerland, I suggest visiting Mount Rigi because it takes less time. Also, the funicular ride to Mount Rigi is included in the Swiss Travel Pass and it will save you money.

📍 Lucerne

Lucerne – located in the German-speaking region of the country – is situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by the Swiss Alps.

The city is a must-see, but since you are also going to spend some time on a mountain peak (at least, this is my recommendation), you will spend only a few hours in the city center of Lucerne.

Lucerne is also known for its landmark attractions such as the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), the Water Tower (Wasserturm), and the Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal).

Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
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Chapel Bridge in Lucerne

THINGS TO DO IN LUCERNE

✔️ Visit Chapel Bridge

✔️ Explore the Old Town

✔️ See the Lion Monument

✔️ Stroll Lake Lucerne Promenade

✔️ Do a Lake Lucerne boat cruise (if you don’t do any mountain excursions, you will have time for a boat trip) – free with a Swiss Travel Pass

ℹ️ Check out my Lucerne travel guide for more info 

WHERE TO STAY IN LUCERNE

Luxury: Schweizerhof LucerneIf you want to book a luxury hotel in Lucerne, I recommend this beautiful 5* hotel.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Schweizerhof Lucerne here.

Mid-Range: Hotel des Alpes – On my last Lucerne trip, I stayed at Hotel des Alpes. The room view was amazing (and included views of the Chapel Bridge and Mount Pilatus).

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Schweizerhof Lucerne here.

Budget: The Bed + Breakfast – If you want to stay in a budget hotel, have a look at this B&B. Some rooms have a shared bathroom, and some have a private one.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at The Bed + Breakfast her.

Here are more tips on the best places to stay in Lucerne.

DAY 4 AND 5 – INTERLAKEN / JUNGFRAU

You could spend weeks exploring what this region, the Bernese Oberland with the regions of Interlaken and Jungfrau, has to offer, but sadly most of us just have a limited time so, you probably can only spend 2-3 days here. Pick your favorites from my suggestions — there’s something here that every adventurer can enjoy!

  • Region of Interlaken

When I talk about Interlaken, I actually mean the Interlaken and Jungfrau region and not just the town of Interlaken.

Interlaken and the Jungfrau Regions are definitely world-class destinations. Just reading about them makes my heart skip a beat – it’s that spectacular! I’ve written about this dreamy Swiss paradise before, but let me tell you something: each visit is more breathtaking than the last. 

📍 Jungfraujoch

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Switzerland at Jungfraujoch – Europe’s highest train station! From its majestic glacier peaks to stunning snow-capped vistas and thrilling activities, it is an unforgettable Swiss experience at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View from Eismeer Station on the way to Jungfraujoch
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Experience the breathtaking snow-draped beauty of Jungfraujoch! From its lofty altitude of over 3,000 meters (almost 12,000 feet), you won’t be able to get enough of its stunning views–no matter what season it is.

THINGS TO DO AT JUNGFRAUJOCH

✔️ Enjoy the views of the Aletsch Glacier from the Sphynx Observatory – the glacier is the longest in the Alps.

✔️ Walk through the Ice Palace, a tunnel carved from the interior of Europe’s longest glacier, and enjoy the ice sculptures and more.

✔️ Do winter sports like snow tubing, skiing, or playing in the snow throughout the year.

✔️ Stop at the Kleine Scheidegg and enjoy some more scenic views from there.

ℹ️ Prices for this exceptional day trip are admittedly high, but with your Swiss Travel Pass, you can get up to Wengen for free and then get a 25% discount. Find out more about a Jungfraujoch day trip with a Swiss Travel Pass.

ℹ️ But of course, you can get up the Jungfraujoch even without a Swiss Travel Pass – more info here.

ℹ️Check out prices for a Swiss Travel Pass here.

ℹ️ There are actually many more things to do at Jugrfrauhoch – here is my more detailed post on the Jungfraujoch.

If you start your journey early (around 8 am), you could do something in the evening, like explore the gorgeous town of Thun, for example.

PERSONAL OPINION: A trip to Jungfraujoch is a unique experience BUT, it is pricy and time-consuming. There are many other options almost as good as a trip to Jungfraujoch (check out my post on great mountain views).

📍 Thun

Thun is the place to be if you’re looking for picturesque beauty and plenty of delicious dining options! With the lovely Aare River flowing through the town and a special charm that can’t be found anywhere else.

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View from Schloss Thun

Thun is a beautiful town in Switzerland located at the northwestern tip of Lake Thun. With its manicured parks, pristine river views, and colorful houses, it’s easy to see why this picturesque spot should be on your itinerary!

It’s also a great place to explore Swiss culture with its historic castle and cobblestone streets. Other attractions include the picturesque old town, majestic harbor, and delightful Thun Art Museum. 

THINGS TO DO IN THUN

✔️ Spend time at gorgeous Lake Thun

✔️ Check out the cute streets of the old town

✔️ Explore the castles – Thun Castle, Schloss Schadau, and more

ℹ️ With your Swiss Travel Pass, you get free access to all the castles. If you stay at an official accommodation in the region, you will receive a little discount.

ℹ️ Check out my Thun travel guide for more information

PERSONAL OPINION: Spend the day at Thun and wander around this picturesque town. With plenty of activities, you can enjoy everything it has to offer in one full fun-filled day – or if you’re short on time but still want an adventure, get out there and explore Interlaken’s surrounding region with just half a day’s worth!

📍St. Beatus Caves, Sigriswill Suspension Bridge, and Grabenmühle

Here are three of my favorite places in the region. You can do the next three/four activities in one day.

ST. BEATUS CAVES

Venture to the spectacular St. Beatus Caves for one of the most incredible views. Located just a short trip away from Interlaken/Thun, it’s easy enough to get there by car or public transportation, followed by an enjoyable few minutes’ hike – and then prepare yourself for amazement.

View from the panorama restaurant in St Beatus Caves
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The caves offer the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Switzerland uniquely. Inside the caves are incredible limestone formations, underground waterfalls, and an array of wildlife.

For the caves, you need to buy tickets. But even if you don’t buy tickets for the caves at the gate, this is truly worth every second spent getting here – though perhaps not as high up as other picturesque spots around town, its beauty more than makes up for that!

TIPS FOR VISITING ST. BEATUS CAVES

ℹ️ For this amazing view, a 10-minute uphill hike is required

ℹ️ Depending on whether you do a guided tour inside the caves or not – plan between 1.5 and 4 hours for this activity.

➡️ Check out my detailed post for St. Beatus Caves.

SIGRISWIL SUSPENSION BRIDGE

Take a scenic adventure and add some mystery to your Swiss getaway with an excursion up to the picturesque Sigrswil Suspension Bridge! It is just a short ride from St. Beatus with more impressive views of Lake Thun and the surroundings.

Cross the 340-meter-long suspension bridge between Sigriswil and Aeschlen, and take a look at some seriously stunning views of Lake Thun AND the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau peaks – all while suspended in mid-air!

Then peek over into Gummischlucht gorge; 182 meters below providing you with majestic scenes that will have you gasping. It’s time to brave this thrilling journey!

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These places are still not as well known, so I love the serenity and tranquility there. 

Explore Grabenmühle, an off-the-beaten-path hidden gem in Sigriswil. Grabenmühle is like an oasis of calm – a place to escape the hustle and bustle.

Take in spectacular views while exploring lush gardens, grab some snacks at the cafe, and meet furry friends along your journey.

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TIPS FOR VISITING SIGRISWIL SUSPENSION BRIDGE AND GRABENMÜHLE

ℹ️ For about 8 CHF, you can pass the suspension bridge and enjoy this perfect view of Lake Thun.

ℹ️ Afterward, the ticket from the bridge is your entry ticket for Grabenmühle. 

ℹ️ Check out my guide on Grabenmühle and Sigriswil.

ℹ️ As always, it depends on how long you will spend at each place, but considering driving time, I estimate that all activities (including St. Beatus Caves) will take about 5-9 hours.

So, for the evening, you could head to one of the cute towns, Thun or Interlaken, to end your day.

If I had to pick one of my favorite places to stay – it would be around Lake Thun. It is not very budget-friendly, but it is worth the money. Especially the sunset around Lake Thun is especially spectacular. Click here to find the best accommodation around Lake Thun.

➡️ Here are more tips on things to do around Lake Thun.

📍 Lauterbrunnen / Muerren / Schilthorn Peak

The Lauterbrunnen Valley is one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland. Home to some of the most breathtaking sites, it is no surprise. Though a day in the valley is not a lot, you can see the 3 most amazing attractions in one day. Let´s start with Lauterbrunnen.

LAUTERBRUNNEN

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the breathtaking Alps and Lauterbrunnen are for YOU!

Jump off cliffs with base jumping and challenge yourself to extreme outdoor sports like never before. So if your idea of a thrill ride involves more than just roller coasters – this is the place to be! 

Lauterbrunnen Staubbach waterfall a top activity in Interlaken with Arzo Travels
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Lauterbrunnen may be known for its daredevil sports, but it’s also a must-see location in Switzerland! With jaw-dropping views that can’t be found anywhere else – there is something amazing waiting to be discovered. Even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie, Lauterbrunnen belongs on your travel list so don’t miss out on the chance to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful regions!

The village is home to several natural attractions – known as the valley of 72 waterfalls, one of the main waterfalls is the Staubbach Waterfalls which is picture-perfect.

In addition, you can take a cable car ride up to the nearby peak of Schilthorn for breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Lauterbrunnen is a truly magical place that will leave you with unforgettable memories!

THINGS TO DO IN LAUTERBRUNNEN

✔️ Visit the Staubbach Falls 

✔️ Get a ticket and visit Trümmelbach Waterfalls in the summer months. You will not regret it. TIP: If you visit after a rainy day, bring your rain jacket as the waterfalls tend to be even heavier, and you will get wet.

✔️ Hike to Murren (or take the cable car) and then you could get to Schilthorn, which is the famous “James Bond mountain.”

✔️ Do some more hikes around Lauterbrunnen  – check out my Lauterbrunnen guide.

MURREN

Ready to explore Switzerland’s most picturesque mountain village? Then get ready for a visit to Murren, one of the cutest towns in all of the Swiss Alps! Not only will you be met with incredible views of snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys, but even just taking the train there is an amazing experience. Here is more info on Mürren!

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You don’t want to miss the amazing Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains on your Switzerland itinerary – they are so gorgeous you’ll be speechless (on a clear day). You can see this natural skyline from many places in the Jungfrau Region but one of the best places is from Mürren/Lauterbrunnen.

ℹ️ The train ticket to Lauterbrunnen and even Mürren is included in your Swiss Travel Pass. The short train ride from Grütschalp (a station between Lauterbrunnen and Mürren) is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world! 

SCHILTHORN

From Mürren, continue your journey and get ready to have a tuxedo-worthy adventure! Get up the legendary “James Bond Mountain” – Schilthorn! You can opt for more relaxed cable cars from Lauterbrunnen/Stechelberg/Muerren – promise your James Bond dreams will come true when you reach the summit!

Swiss Panorama in Schilthorn
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The Schilthorn mountain is a special place for James Bond fans. It was featured in the 1969 movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, where James Bond skis down the slopes of Piz Gloria. The cable car journey up to the summit was also filmed here and it has since become one of the most iconic James Bond scenes.  

At the top, you have stunning views of the Alps but also the 007 Walk of Fame and an exhibition dedicated to the movie! It’s a unique way to experience one of Hollywood’s most famous movies.

ℹ️ The gondola/train ride to Mürren is free with a Swiss Travel Pass – for the last part of the journey, you´ll need an extra ticket.

ℹ️ The ticket from Mürren to Schilthorn costs around 44 CHF with the discount of the Swiss Travel Pass.

📍 Brienzer Rothorn & Brienz

One day of your 7-day in Switzerland itinerary can be all about Brienz and Lake Brienz.

I’ve been around the world, but there’s nothing quite like my unforgettable journey to new heights with Brienzer Rothorn! The Brienzer Rothorn is a mountain in the region of Interlaken located at 2,350 meters (7,710 feet) above sea level

That hour-long ride in a vintage steam locomotive was absolutely breathtaking; I mean seriously – one of the most stunning views you’ll ever see. 

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TIPS FOR GETTING UP BRIENZER ROTHORN

ℹ️ The best way to arrive at Brienzer Rothorn station is via boat which means you will take a cruise on Lake Brienz, my favorite lake in the world).

ℹ️ Then hop on the iconic steam loc to get up. 

ℹ️ Boat tours on Lake Brienz are included in the Swiss Travel Pass, and there is a 50% discount for the ride to Brienzer Rothorn with the pass.

ℹ️ This activity is only available from mid-April to mid-October (depending on the weather).

Check out my Interlaken one-day itinerary for more on Brienzer Rothorn.

BRIENZ

For the rest of the day, enjoy the gorgeous village of Brienz.  Located on the edge of Lake Brienz, this charming village has a lot to offer. Its main attractions are its wooden chalets and historic buildings that fill the village with atmosphere.

Most beautiful street in Europe, Brunnengasse in Brienz
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There is also plenty to explore in and around Brienz – from its famous woodcarving factory that sells handmade souvenirs to the Brienzersee Museum which showcases the region’s traditional culture. Whether you want to relax in nature or explore its fascinating history, Brienz is sure to delight you!

This idyllic town is a must-see for anyone visiting Switzerland and offers an unforgettable experience. Check out my Brienz guide for more activity tips.

📍Oeschinensee and Blausee

Are you looking for a spectacular day trip? Head to Kandersteg and check out Lake Blausee and Lake Oeschinen which will blow your mind! With a car or public transportation, you can easily explore both of these breathtaking spots in one incredible excursion. 

BLAUSEE

At Blausee National Park, you can find a pocket-sized paradise! The park is renowned for its one-of-a-kind turquoise waters – like looking into an artist’s dream painting. Come explore this unique gem and be mesmerized by the stunning beauty of nature!

Bucket list places in Switzerland Blausee
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TIPS FOR VISITING BLAUSEE

ℹ️ There is an entrance fee for the park which depends on the season and arrival time.

ℹ️ You will not need a lot of time here – plan between 30 – 60 minutes to walk around the lake and do a quick boat tour.

Check out my more detailed guide on visiting Lake Blausee.

PERSONAL OPINION: Switzerland is known for its picturesque lakes, where you don’t need to pay an entry fee to enjoy the beauty of this country! Blausee offers a lovely atmosphere but it is not a must-see if you’re trying to explore Switzerland in just one week or if you have a tight budget. However, if you really want to add it to your Switzerland 7-day trip, you know now what to expect.

OESCHINENSEE

If you’re looking for some perfect blue skies, then Oeschinensee in Switzerland isn’t guaranteed to deliver! But don’t let that stop you from including this incredible place on your 7-day itinerary for Switzerland.

The atmosphere might be cloudy at times but the views are still breathtaking and worth a visit…if only for bragging rights later #vacationgoals

Lake Oeschinensee is a stunning glacial lake located at 1,578 meters (5.177 feet) above sea level. With its striking blue waters and majestic mountain views, this lake is an absolute must-see.

Oeschinensee hike, Heuberg a top thing to do in Interlaken, Arzo Travels
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The crystal-clear blue waters are surrounded by gorgeous meadows and magnificent mountains, making it a sight to behold. Plus, during the summer months, you can take a boat ride around the lake or even do some swimming – but keep in mind that it is a mountain lake, fed by glacier water, so it is freezing!

There are different ways to see the Oeschinensee. 

TIPS FOR VISITING OESCHINENSEE

ℹ️ You can get to Kandersteg train station by train and then walk to the gondola station. If you get there by car, leave your car at one of their handy parking spots and take those last few steps on foot – they’ll lead you right up to the gondola waiting with its welcome arms open wide!

ℹ️ If you aren’t much into hiking, take a cable car up. From there, walk for 20 minutes or so, and you are at the lake. If even that sounds too tiring for you, you could take a shuttle bus for a couple of CHF to get dropped off at the foot of the lake).

ℹ️ The best, most amazing view over Lake Oeschinen requires some hiking, though. It takes about 3-5 hours, and the views are BREATHTAKING.

ℹ️ This trip takes something around 4-8 hours.

Check out my full Lake Oeschinensee guide with all the info you will need for a trip to Lake Oeschinen.

WHERE TO STAY IN THE REGION OF INTERLAKEN

I suggest staying in Interlaken. From there, you can reach many places in the area quite easily, as it is well connected with its two train stations and Lake Thun and Lake Brienz boat station. Also, you can spend an evening in Interlaken without making it an extra point on your 7-day itinerary.

🛌🏻 Luxury: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa – The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. I have not stayed there myself, so I can only repeat what I heard: This hotel is amazing. If you are looking for a fancy place in Interlaken, this is probably the best pick.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa here.

Mid-Range: Hotel du Nord – For your stay in Interlaken, I recommend this hotel – Hotel du Nord – which is centrally located and is quite nice. It is one of my favorite accommodations for your 5-day Swiss itinerary.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Hotel du Nord here.

Budget: Backpackers Villa SonnenhofIf you are on a budget, I recommend staying in Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof next to the Höhenmatte. It is not the cheapest hostel but worth the money and one of my all-time favorite hostels.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof here.

DAY 6 AND 7 – ZERMATT

Here is an idea of how to spend the last two days in the country.

📍 Zermatt

Check out Zermatt, the Swiss town you won’t be able to resist! Jam-packed with exciting activities and breathtaking scenery, it belongs on your 7-day Switzerland itinerary. 

Located at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn Mountain, this scenic village boasts majestic views and a vibrant alpine culture. The main attractions in Zermatt are its impressive glaciers and mountains which you can explore by cable car or by hiking. 

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Visiting the small town at the foot of Europe’s beloved Matterhorn Mountain is an absolute must – but don’t be fooled by its size! There is a lot to do and see but given the limited amount of time, let´s stick to 1-1,5 days in Zermatt.

Grand Tour Gornergrat in Zermatt
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THINGS TO DO IN ZERMATT

✔️ Explore the small old town of Zermatt

✔️ Stroll along the Vispa River

✔️ Go luxury watch shopping (Zermatt is known as a paradise for luxury watches)

✔️ Visit Klein Matterhorn and enjoy the best views from there. But be aware that going up almost 4000 meters above sea level can cause headaches for those who aren’t used to the altitude.

✔️ There are more great mountain peaks easily accessible – like Gornergrat which also comes with amazing views.

➡️ Here is my Zermatt guide for the winter. 

➡️ You’ll find more information in my Zermatt guide.

WHERE TO STAY IN ZERMATT

Luxury: Hotel Mont Cervin Palace – Hotel Mont Cervin Palace defines luxury. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel in Zermatt, this might be perfect for you because it has everything you could be asking for from luxury accommodation.

🛌🏻 Book your stay at Hotel Mont Cervin Palace

Mid-Range: Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & AppartmentHotel Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartments, which opened in December 2012, is located in the heart of Zermatt’s historic center. Decorated in a classic Alpine style, it boasts a wellness area with three different saunas. The hotel is conveniently situated just a two-minute walk from a ski bus stop.

🛌🏻 BOOK YOUR STAY AT MATTERHORN LODGE HOTEL & APPARTMENTS HERE

Click here to find my accommodation guide for Zermatt.

LAST DAY – DEPARTURE

It’s time to say goodbye to the breathtaking views of Zermatt, Switzerland, and head off for your trip home. 7 days in Switzerland is not a lot of time and never have you realized how quickly it ends!

The Swiss have one of the most reliable public transport networks around – but don’t take too much comfort in that! Just like in any other country, trains can be late sometimes. So leave a little extra early just in case you end up hitching a ride with Heidi instead!

CONCLUSION: HOW TO CREATE AN EPIC 7-DAY SWITZERLAND ITINERARY

Looking at this 7-day itinerary for Switzerland, all stops are in the German-speaking areas of Switzerland. There are numerous gorgeous places in the French- and Italian-speaking parts (like Montreux and Valle Verzasca or the super beautiful Engadine Valley with St.Moritz) worth visiting. However, it might get hectic trying to visit all of the areas in Switzerland in a week.

Though the country is geographically small, there are so many places worth visiting that it is hard to see everything. However, 7 days in Switzerland should be a minimum, and it will allow you to see quite some areas – ideally, you will have 10 days in Switzerland.

If you happen to be 7 nights and 8 days in Switzerland, you can enjoy a bit more time in one of the above-mentioned places rather than adding a completely new destination to your itinerary.

Plan your trip to Switzerland wisely and make the most of it! After an incredible 7 days in Switzerland itinerary, it’s time to leave this incredible country!

Stay safe!

Safe Travels, Arzo
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