In this post, I am taking you on a journey to plan a 7 day trip to Switzerland during the spring and summer seasons. But first, let’s start with a canvas that will help paint you a picture of Switzerland and how you can get the most out of this post!
When you hear about Switzerland, you may rightly be picturing endless natural beauty of Swiss Alps and lakes. More than that, Switzerland has an abundance of richness in its history, fantastic architecture of new and old, uncompromising infrastructures and highly efficient public transport system.
Best of all, you can seize the opportunities to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and rich culture that Switzerland has to offer in all its seasons, especially in Spring and Summer (at least for this post).
Let’s first talk a little bit about the different activities for each season in Switzerland.
1. Swiss Travel Pass: Buy an 8-Day Swiss Travel Pass and it will cover you for your entire train journeys in Switzerland, including free and discounted mountain excursions! (We used this ourselves and saved quite a few hundred dollars by the end of our trip)
2. Make it Your Own: Although the 7-day trip planned here seems to be recommending a 1-night stay in each of the cities in Switzerland, we have created this in a way that allows for flexibility according to your travel style. Perhaps, you may want to stay in certain places more than 1 night if something suits your preferences more than others.
In other words, make it your own! All of the destinations and activities highlighted below are the things we believe will cater to all types of travelers: solo, couples, with friends, with families etc. You can choose to make the activities your very own!
3. Start at Geneva or Zurich?: Although this post starts out the trip in Geneva (Southern region of Switzerland) and end in Zurich (Northern region of Switzerland), you can reverse the itinerary posted here and do it the opposite way! Yes, it will work!
Geneva is located in Southern Switzerland and at the southern portion of Lake Geneva (“Lac Leman”) and houses one of the largest Switzerland’s major airports.
If you choose to land in Geneva, you’ll be making your travel plans and make your way up towards the north of Switzerland, finally finish at Zurich.
Since it’s the day of your arrival, it’s a place worth staying to relax and explore. The city is only 4 kilometers from the Geneva Airports and there will be quite a few things you can do around there.
Take a stroll through Bastions Park (Parc des Bastions), experience the reformation wall (stone wall that remembers the Protestant Reformation) & see St Pierre Cathedral nearby.
Bern is a city that one can enjoy the ancient architectures. It has been preserved since 1911 its original design has remained until today. Bern is a city that reflects how Switzerland historically was back then.
From Bern, it’s easy to connect to Zermatt, which is a town surrounded by 38 beautiful mountain peaks (all of them standing at over 4,000 meters high!). Besides that, Zermatt is a car-free city, which means that you will see horse carriages around! Even hotel pick-ups are in horse carriages.
Jungfraujoch boasts for having the highest Railway station in Europe and has been nicknamed as the “Top of Europe”. Amazing in Winter and awesome to visit in Spring and Summer as well! As you aim to visit Jungfraujoch from Zermatt, you will be traveling up (north-bound) by train (hopefully using the Swiss Travel Pass) passing through Brig, Interlaken and hopefully staying in Wilderswil or Grindelwald.
Depending on where you stay, you have the following 4 options to travel up to the Top of Europe:
Option 2: Interlaken to Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) (Benefits of this tour: (1) Travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald by Coach (2) Multilingual guide)
Option 3: Luzern to Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) (Benefits of this tour: (1) Travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald by Coach (2) Multilingual guide)
Option 4: Zurich to Jungfraujoch (Top of Europe) (Benefits of this tour: (1) Travel from Interlaken to Grindelwald by Coach (2) Multilingual guide (3) On the way back, descend via car-free Wengen to Lauterbrunnen where the coach bus will take you back to Zurich)
A trip to Switzerland is definitely not complete without visiting Lucern (or Luzern), a town with its many major attractions, such as the Lion Monument and the old town bridge. Located less than 2 hours from Interlaken by train. I believe that every visitor, including myself, will not only be mesmerized by the glorious views of Lake Luzern, but will remember it for a lifetime. (Well, at least for me and partner!).
Since you’re already in Luzern during Spring or Summer, why not pay a visit to Mt. Pilatus! They really have activities that cater to all ages: from thrilling rope parks to exploring the legendary dragon trail. Oh, and did I mention that you can even experience an awesome special stay on the mountain to watch ibexes up close as well.
You’ll have 2 major experiences on your journey here:
Your first experience is when you decide to travel to Mt. Pilatus via either the steepest cogwheel railway in the world (board it at Alpnachstad lake cruise stop along Lake Luzern) or via the Gondola & Aerial cable way at Kriens Pilatusbahn (Kriens is 20 minutes southwest of Luzern by bus)
Your second experience is when you’re on Mt. Pilatus. There are so many things you can do on top of Mt. Pilatus, and here are a few:
Let me be honest with you here: I missed my trip to Mt. Pilatus while I was in Luzern because we didn’t plan well enough to go there!
Learn from my mistake, and please don’t miss this awesome adventure of a lifetime! I actually curated 2 tours with lots of great reviews (out of quite a few tours) for you here, so you don’t need to waste time searching:
(1) with a tour guide (2) self-guided
(1) Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car & Lake Cruise with a Guide(Depart from Luzern) – Trip Highlights:
(2) Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Ride the cable car from Kriens (20-minute bus ride from Luzern) to Fräkmüntegg, and then board the “Dragon Ride” to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. On the way down, brace yourself as you ride the steepest cogwheel railway back down to Alpnachstad!
Bonus: You can also find the 10+ tours available for Pilatus here as well.
After you have experienced the best of what nature has to offer in Switzerland (and probably the world) in many of the major cities, attractions and activities, wow you have finally arrived at the capital of Switzerland: Zurich. Welcome to the city life again! And although Zurich has been viewed as one of the more expensive cities in Switzerland (in terms of food and accommodations), there are various activities that you can definitely enjoy while you’re in Zurich.
Zurich’s 2-Hour Bus Sightseeing Tour: joyfully experience (with a bilingual guide) all of the famous Swiss landmarks and historical attractions (including a University that Albert Einstein once studied in) & ride on the Dolder Bahn railway (since 1895!).
Zurich’s 4-Hour Tour with Ferry, Cable Car and Coach: see world-famous historical attractions, enjoy lake Zurich, ride on the ferry boat and ride the cable car up to (Felsenegg) see the overview of the Zurich city, the lake, and the snowcapped Alps!
You can also check out other tours here as well!
We hope you enjoyed the ideas for your next trip to Switzerland in Spring or Summer!
And if you read in between the lines (literally and figuratively), you can see that you can easily extend your stay for more than 7 days with the destinations that I have included here.
With so many things to do in Switzerland, especially in Spring and Summer, you can really make your next trip a 10-day or a 2-week stay with the destinations I have posted here. In other words, you can really make it your very own guide for your next Switzerland trip visit!
Besides, I have found from my first-hand experiences (as a tourist) that the spring and summer seasons typically have more activities, such as mountain excursions on the steepest cogwheel train in Luzern, that are opened during this season.
Ultimately, I wrote this post with a hope is that you can use this humble guide here as a starting point in your Switzerland vacation plans, and at least add one massive value for your next plans to visit Switzerland!
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