How to Spend Epic 7 Days in Switzerland – Plan Your Dream Itinerary


Thinking of planning an unforgettable one week in Switzerland? Let me help you plan the best 7-day Switzerland itinerary ever! As a frequent visitor to this wonderful country, I can assure you that there are countless places absolutely worth seeing. You’ll discover breathtaking sceneries – from sparkling lakes and gorgeous mountains – while visiting the most charming old-world villages & towns.

With my tips, it’s finally time for your journey through beautiful Switzerland with amazing experiences around every corner waiting just for YOU!

Switzerland itinerary for 7 days, Arzo Travels


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 that this awe-inspiring country has to offer. This is the best itinerary for Switzerland in 7 days – yes, I just make that claim.

From spellbinding waterfalls and majestic mountains to cities packed with culture & history, as well as peaceful towns – there really is something for everyone here. Can’t stay 7 days 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 :).

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

  • How to get around Switzerland in 7 days
  • Money tips for 7 days in Switzerland
  • Best time to visit
  • Where to stay in Switzerland for a week
  • More travel tips for a week in Switzerland
  • Places to visit and 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 the 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 make 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 in 7 Days

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


Switzerland is a road-tripper´ 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 or better for 14 months – from December to the end of January of the year after), you can get there in record time.

So if scenic drives and making memories is your thing then this is the trip of a lifetime waiting just for you… all that’s left to do now is hit the open road and enjoy what Mother Nature has blessed us with!

Switzerland road trip tips by Arzo Travels, Lake Thun
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. So what are you waiting for? Hop behind the wheel and enjoy some Swiss sightseeing at its finest!!


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
Luzern – Interlaken Express window view


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. 

  • Yes, the Swiss Travel Pass is quite expensive but it will pay off.
  • You can use buses and trains without any extra costs.
  • Also, most boat cruises on most lakes are included.
  • Even some mountain excursions are included (like Mount Rigi) and for most others, you will get a 50% discount.
  • The Swiss Travel Pass also covers most museums and entrances to castles.
  • 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

  • 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 $1,04. 
  • While euros are widely accepted, the exchange rate is terrible, so I recommend exchanging money at home or withdrawing cash from an ATM (if you don’t have to pay the fees or withdraw money just once to avoid paying fees several times).
  • 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).
  • 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.

Best Time to Visit Switzerland For 7 Days

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 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. From December to February, the temperature range is -2 to 7 °C (28° – 45° F).

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. From July to August, the daytime temperature range is 18 to 28 °C (65° – 82° F) 

If you want to avoid the tourist crowds and save some money on hotels, then from late April to June and from September to early 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). 

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! 

  • 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 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.
  • Italian is spoken in some parts of South Switzerland – especially in the canton of Ticino.
  • 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.
  • Romansh is a minor, yet still official, language spoken by very few (about 37,000 people) in the southeast.
  • English is not an official language but many people – especially in the tourism sector – speak at least some basic language. 

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Let’s explore some of its top destinations so you can make the best out of your 7 days in Switzerland trip.


Ready for a Swiss adventure? Why not begin your 7 days of bliss in a hidden gem nestled away up north – an undiscovered yet idyllic little town? Are you ready to explore the great unknown?

  • Stein am Rhein + Rhine Falls

Stein am Rhein

After exploring many towns across the country – this beauty stood out to me with its unique architecture. Stop dreaming and get ready to explore Stein am Rhein; you won’t regret it!

Places to visit in Switzerland

Nestled in the picturesque Swiss Alps, you’ll find an enchanting little town that feels like it’s straight from a storybook! Stein am Rhein is a must-see in any 7 days itinerary to Switzerland!

This quaint little 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. 


  • 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. They are actually in Switzerland. Right next to the German border, to be precise. The astonishing waterfalls near the town of Schaffhausen know how to impress.  

The Rhine Falls is another spectacular site to experience on your 7 days itinerary of Switzerland. Located near Schaffhausen on the border with Germany, it is an impressive sight with a main cascade falling 23 meters and stretching 150m wide – truly awe-inspiring!

Rhine Falls where are the

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 natural wonders!



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, and art galleries to its many other attractions like the Swiss National Museum, lakeside promenade, and boutique shops.

Where to go in Zurich Switzerland

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.

Add Zurich to your 7 days itinerary to Switzerland and explore everything this amazing city has to offer! You won’t be disappointed.


  • I recommend strolling 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 Lake ZurichThis is especially true on summer days when street musicians play music and people gather around the lake.
  • If you have a Swiss Travel Pass, you can use public transportation in Zurich without any extra charge. You can also use boats (you might have to pay a surcharge of CHF 5 for Lake Zurich, though).


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

  • Lucerne & Surroundings

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 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.


So much to discover on Mount Pilatus! Take a day, or better yet make it an overnight escapade – with your wallet full and eagerness high. Whether you choose 5-6 hours of exploration or opt for an all-nighter adventure, the views will take your breath away!

Mount Pilatus is a mountain located to the east of the city. Lucerne, Switzerland, sitting at an elevation of 2128 meters (6,982 feet) above sea level.

Things to do up Mount Pilatus

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’re looking to 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. Once you reach the summit, you can take in the spectacular views and visit all of the attractions.

  • 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).


Take a trip up to the breathtaking Mount Rigi for some stunning views of Lake Lucerne! Get there in no time and don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience. The unforgettable visuals will have you feeling like an eagle soaring above it all!

Mount Rigi with the Swiss Travel Pass

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 Central Switzerland. From its peak, you can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.

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. Enjoy walking along its ridge or take the funicular railway up to the top and explore.

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 a local bus or train (the RigiBahn) to one of the four stations on the mountain. It’s a quick and easy journey that will bring you right to the top!


  • With the Swiss Travel Pass, the Mount Rigi excursion (cogwheel) is included in 2023, so there are no extra costs for you.
  • 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.
  • There is a restaurant at the top of the mountain.

PERSONAL OPINION: I loved both mountain excursions and have done each twice actually (in winter and summer). Both are amazing! But with only 7 days in Switzerland, I actually suggest visiting Mount Rigi because it takes less time. Also, Mount Rigi is included in the Swiss Travel Pass and it will save you money.


Lucerne is a total 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.

Chapel Bridge 2016 in Lucerne - Can you spot me and Puppygak on th bridge?


  • 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
  • Check out my Lucerne travel guide for more info 



If you’re looking for breathtaking views and unique experiences, then look no further than the gorgeous Bernese Oberland! You could spend weeks exploring all this region has to offer, but sadly two days will just have to do. 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 region 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. Seriously, if you’re ever in Switzerland, Interlaken should be at the top of your list – no question!


Come 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 promises an unforgettable experience for all who come.

View from Eismeer Station on the way to Jungfraujoch

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.


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 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.

Thun, most beautiful town in Interlaken
View from Schloss Thun

Thun is a beautiful town in Switzerland located at the northern 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. Whether you’re looking for a scenic stroll or an exciting cultural experience, Thun will exceed your expectations!


  • Spend time at Lake Thun
  • Check out the cute streets of the old town
  • Explore the castles – Thun Castle, Schloss Schadau, and more
  • 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.
  • 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 days’ 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.


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

The caves offer visitors the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Switzerland in a unique way. 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!


  • For this amazing view, a 10-minute uphill hike is required
  • Depending on if 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.


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 shortish ride from St. Beatus with more impressive views of Lake Thun and the surroundings.

Cross the 340 meters 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!

Interlaken best activities

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 – it’s guaranteed fun for everyone, so don’t miss out on all these secret gems during this 7-day itinerary.

Grabenmühle best place to visit


  • For about 7 CHF, you can pass the suspension bridge and enjoy this perfect view of Lake Thun.
  • Afterward, the ticket from the bridge is your entry ticket for Grabenmühle. 
  • Check out my guide on Grabenmühle and Sigriswil.
  • 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 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.


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

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 a number of 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!


  • 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.


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!

Mürren train station

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.

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!

  • 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! 


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

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.

  • The train ride to Mürren is free with a Swiss Travel Pass- for the last part of the journey, you´ll need an extra ticket.
  • This 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!

That hour-long ride in a vintage steam locomotive was absolutely breathtaking; I mean seriously – one of the most diverse and stunning views you’ll ever see. Hop on board – it’s an experience that won’t disappoint!

View from Brienzer Rothorn

The Brienzer Rothorn is a mountain in the region of Interlaken located at 2,350 meters (7,710 feet) above sea level. Getting up via the Brienzer Rothorn Railway is an unforgettable experience that offers stunning views of the Bernese Alps and of course of stunning Lake Brienz.


  • 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).
  • Then hop on the iconic steam loc to get up. 
  • Check out my Interlaken one-day itinerary for more on Brienzer Rothorn.
  • 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.
  • This activity is only available from mid-April to mid-October (depending on the weather).


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

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 that will blow your mind! With a car or public transportation, you can easily explore both of these breathtaking spots in one incredible excursion. 


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


  • There is an entrance fee for the park which depends on the season and arrival time.
  • You will not need a lot of time here – plan in 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- with all the free lake views around, why not spread out and save some money?


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 definitely 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

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. 


  • 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!
  • 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).
  • The best, most amazing view over Lake Oeschinen requires some hiking, though. It takes about 3-5 hours, and the views are BREATHTAKING.
  • This trip takes something around 3-8 hours.
  • Check out my full Lake Oeschinensee guide with all the info you will need for a trip to Lake Oeschinen.


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.

  • For your stay in Interlaken, I recommend this hotel which is centrally located and is quite nice. Check out rates for Hotel du Nord here.
  • The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. Since I have not started there myself, I can repeat what I heard: This hotel is supposed to be amazing, so if you are looking for a fancy place, this is probably the best pick.
  • If you are on a budget, I recommend staying in Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof next to the Höhenmatte. It is not the cheapest hostel but definitely worth the money and is one of my all-time favorite hostels. Check out prices here.

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.

With its stunning scenery and vibrant culture, this is one place you won’t want to miss in your 7 days in Switzerland. 

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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


  • 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.


  • Luxury hotels in Zermatt: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof & Hotel Mont Cervin Palace – these places define luxury. If you are looking for 5-star hotels, these might be perfect for you.
  • Mid-range hotels in Zermatt: Sunstar Style Hotel –  the prices were very reasonable (summer prices are normally better than the prices in winter), and the location was great. I even had a lovely room view of the Matterhorn. I definitely recommend booking a hotel room with a view of the Matterhorn if you have the budget for it (it costs a bit more normally).
  • Click here to find my accommodation guide for Zermatt.

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!


Looking at this itinerary, 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.

Plan your trip to Switzerland wisely and make the most of it! After an incredible Switzerland 7-day itinerary, it’s time for one last photo at this breathtaking spot before heading off for a new adventure.

Stay safe!

Safe Travels, Arzo

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