7 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lucerne
— 1 night
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Bellinzona
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 1 night
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Lucerne — 1 night

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to The Nine Towers and then pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne route planning tool.

Washington DC, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. In February, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.
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Bellinzona — 1 night

Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 6th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then explore the galleries of Castello di Montebello.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bellinzona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February in Bellinzona, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt road trip planning website.

You can drive from Bellinzona to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud, and finally explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, and then take an in-depth tour of Maison Tavel.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip builder website.

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Geneva are 43°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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