One Week in Switzerland

One Week In Switzerland Itinerary

Unwrap the best world chocolate box and discover what the Land of the Alps hides for you. The country’s stunning landscape unravels pristine lakes and an alpine wonderland. The charming cities live peacefully and tell historically charming stories, setting the tone for some amazing cultural experiences.

Given the amazing mountain scenery and the overall feeling of untouched nature, I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy every second you spend in this amazing country.

Our full guide covers:

  1. Basic Introduction
  2. Where to stay in Switzerland
  3. How to get around
  4. What to see in Switzerland
  5. Things to do in Switzerland
  6. Tickets you have to buy before – must read
  7. Food and Restaurants
  8. Day Trips from Switzerland
  9. Itinerary for Switzerland
  10. Packing List
  11. City Map

So, without further ado, let’s embark on the journey called one week in Switzerland and make it a once-in-the-lifetime experience. But first, some information before you start packing your bag.

1. Basic Introduction

Before we dive into our 1 week in Switzerland guide, let’s look at the basic information about the country that is useful for you to know before you go.

Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF)

Make sure to have some Francs handy, although credit cards are also commonly used.

Language Spoken: German is predominant, but people also speak French and Italian,

Population: 8.7 million (2022)

Known for: Scenic landscapes, majestic mountains, pristine lakes, and charming villages. Typically, the most incredible wealth of this country is the Alps and the delicious Swiss chocolate you will enjoy.

Accommodation: From hotels, and hostels to holiday apartments and chalets, you can easily find accommodation per your preference.

Find more details in our where to stay in Switzerland section below.

Public Transport: Switzerland has an efficient and well-developed public transportation system, which includes trains, buses, boats, and cable cars.

More under how to get around.

Safety: Switzerland consistently ranks among the safest countries globally

City name: Bern

Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug). Switzerland uses the European plug Type J, so ensure you have the right adapter to keep your devices charged throughout your journey. Remember to pack your travel plug adapter.

2. Where to stay in Switzerland

Being one of Europe’s most remarkable gems, it can be hard to decide where to stay for your 1 week in Switzerland. To help you out with the choice, I’ve handpicked the best cities for your trip.

Depending on which city you decide to visit, you will tailor your Switzerland 7 day itinerary accordingly. And this is yet another aspect I’ve made easier for you, by providing an insight into each place’s best accommodation options!

2.1 Where to stay in Zurich

Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city and cultural epicentre. Locals here live next-level, safe, and high-quality lives. In addition, Zurich is a gem for all types of travellers, offering a range of comfortable accommodations you will love spending your time in! It also has something for everyone- from history buffs and cultural explorers to those who enjoy trying new foods.

Motel One Zürich, Old Town

The guests of this hotel highlight it for the excellent breakfast, the modern interior, and the wonderful atmosphere, which is ideal for group enjoyment. The best part about Motel One Zürich is that it’s close to all major attractions, making it one of the most convenient accommodation options for your one week in Switzerland.

Book Motel One Zürich here

Enjoy your stay at Motel One Zürich

Best Western Plus Hotel Zürcherhof, Niederdorf

The hotel rooms are large and bright, Best Western Plus Hotel Zürcherhof is ideal for the kind of comfort a family seeks. All rooms have tablets with cartoons and engaging educational content and games to keep children entertained. The hotel also provides an airport shuttle to make the family stay here easier.

Book Best Western Plus Hotel Zürcherhof here

Make the most of your time at Best Western Plus Hotel Zürcherhof

VISIONAPARTMENTS Freyastrasse, Zurich West

VISIONAPARTMENTS Freyastrasse is ideal for budget travel or solo travel. The hotel also has apartments if more people are coming. The proximity to the tram station is another advantage travellers often choose this location for their 1 week in Switzerland.

Book VISIONAPARTMENTS Freyastrasse here

Have a good time at VISIONAPARTMENTS Freyastrasse contactless check in

2.2 Where to stay in Lucerne

Do you want to take a photo of the most photogenic bridge in Europe? When in Lucerne, find the Chapel Bridge. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful lake or explore the Transport Museum.

As tourists often like to say, Lucerne is a pocket-size version of Switzerland. When you think you’ve seen it all, there’s always something else to discover. For those who are looking for a unique experience, go on the Gotthard Panorama Express. This scenic drive starts from Lucerne and takes you to the magical Lugano.

ibis Styles Luzern, Old Town

ibis Styles Luzern stands out for its super stylish rooms in bright colours. The location is accessible to both public transportation and many local attractions. You can stay here during your solo trip or if you are looking for a neighbourhood where you will be a step away from the nightlife.

Book ibis Styles Luzern here

Have fun during your stay at ibis Styles Luzern

Seehotel Kastanienbaum, Horw Lakefront

The island offers intimacy, and Seehotel Kastanienbaum boosts its impression with its private beach and peaceful surroundings. There are also family rooms, making the hotel both family-friendly but also budget-friendly.

Book Seehotel Kastanienbaum here

Have a great stay at Seehotel Kastanienbaum

AMERON Luzern Hotel Flora, Bahnhofstrasse

A modern hideaway just 150m from Chapel Bridge, Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora should definitely be on your one-week Switzerland itinerary accommodation list. AMERON Luzern Hotel Flora will likely appeal to travellers who love style and design, but the proximity will also appeal to those looking for downtown nightlife.

Book AMERON Luzern Hotel Flora here

Enjoy your visit to AMERON Luzern Hotel Flora

2.3 Where to stay in Interlaken

If you decide to visit Interlaken, don’t forget to also explore the Jungfrau region. Wondering where exactly to go? Well, given that this city is the Adventure Capital of Switzerland, there are plenty of options to choose from. Interlaken is in the heart of the Swiss Alps, nestled between 2 crystal water expanses, Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. This makes it ideal for those who enjoy exploring nature and spending time outside.

Downtown Apartments, Downtown Interlaken

As you can see from the title, the location of Downtown Apartments is indisputable. It offers apartments with city views, ideal for group trips. There is also free parking within the complex.

Book Downtown Apartments here

Make yourself at home at Downtown Apartments

Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa, Höhematte Park

Where to find luxury accommodation in Interlaken? This is the solution for you, and it looks something like this: spa, two pools, three restaurants and luxurious rooms. There’s no better place than Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa if you want to relax and pamper yourself in between your demanding Switzerland 7 day itinerary.

Book Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa here

Enjoy your visit to Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa

Jungfrau Hotel Annex Alpine-Inn, Wilderswil

Escape to this village with your partner in hand by choosing a comfortable room with a stunning landscape view. Jungfrau Hotel Annex Alpine-Inn is ideal for traveling in two, offering the right amount of intimacy any couple looks for.

Book Jungfrau Hotel Annex Alpine-Inn here

Have a great stay at Jungfrau Hotel Annex Alpine Inn

2.4 Where to stay in Zermatt

Looking for an Instagrammable place to visit during your one week in Switzerland? Then you shouldn’t miss out on the Matterhorn Village Zermatt. For whom is this village an ideal hiding place? Zermatt is an Alpine Wonderland for your whole family, offering beautiful winter sports and hiking opportunities. But Zermatt is no less enchanting for couples. The most beautiful, cosy chalets hide intimacy and romantic ambience. And for other types of travellers, take a look at the accommodations below:

Chalet Ulysse, Winkelmatten

A snowy idyll with a mountain view from your window is enough of a reason to choose this accommodation. There is also a sauna and the possibility to rent skis for the nearby ski slopes. The rooms are larger, so groups of 1 or 2 families can be accommodated at Chalet Ulysse.

Book Chalet Ulysse here

Have a good time at Chalet Ulysse

Tradition Julen Hotel, Steinmatt/Wiesti

Explore the surroundings, the snowy landscape, and the local wineries, and finally return to the luxurious 2-bed apartments that can also suit couples who love luxury. After a long day spent outside, there’s really no better way to unwind than taking a hot bath or enjoying a sauna at Tradition Julen Hotel.

Book Tradition Julen Hotel here

Make the most of your time at Tradition Julen Hotel

2.5 Where to stay in Montreux

Other cities offer beautiful nature, but Montreaux is your best choice if you want to explore Switzerland’s music scene. Imagine enjoying the renowned Jazz Festival while sitting at the lakeside. The climate here is mild and suitable for travelling throughout the year.

Come and see why Montreaux bears the epithet of the Swiss Riviera. This city is more for solo travellers and groups with an affinity for music.

For аccomodation according to your measure during one week in Switzerland, see below:

Eurotel Montreux, Montreux City Center

You are in the center and still enjoy a view of Geneva Lake and the Alps slopes. The place is quiet and perfect for a romantic stay at Eurotel Montreux.

Book Eurotel Montreux here

Enjoy your stay at Eurotel Montreux

Montreux Rotana Garden House, Clarens

The whole complex comprises villas with a beautiful garden, a lake view, and a private pool. The complex has a minimarket and free parking—ideal accommodation for organized groups at Montreux Rotana Garden House.

Book Montreux Rotana Garden House here

Make the most of your time at Montreux Rotana Garden House with Private Pool Swiss Hotel Apartments

Bon-Port Luxury Apartment – Lakefront, Territet

A little further out of town, this yellow and blue apartment has three bedrooms and plenty of amenities for a family stay at Bon-Port Luxury Apartment – Lakefront.

Book Bon-Port Luxury Apartment – Lakefront here

Have a good time at Bon Port Luxury apartment Lakefront

2.6 Where to stay in Bern

There’s a reason why Bern is the capital, and I really encourage you to discover it for yourself. Find out where Albert Einstein’s house is located and what kind of footprint he left on the city.

You can also explore Zyrtgloggle Clock Tower and Bear Park. For more places to stay, explore the list below:

Boutique Hotel Belle Epoque, Old Town

The name itself associates you with historical charm and luxury. The location will only convince you to choose because the hotel is in the heart of the old town at Boutique Hotel Belle Epoque.

Book Boutique Hotel Belle Epoque here

Have fun during your stay at Boutique Hotel Belle Epoque

Perfect Location, Kirchenfeld

If you came with your family and are looking for a bright, clean apartment with a city view, your search ends here. Open the link as well, and make sure to book faster at Perfect Location.

Book Perfect Location here

Have a great stay at Perfect Location, comfortable & modern

Sorell Hotel Arabelle, Länggasse

Book a place at this hotel if you are a solo traveller or bring your pet. Just 10 minutes from the old town, with a bus stop in front of the hotel and a superb buffet breakfast, Sorell Hotel Arabelle is the perfect choice for your stay.

Book Sorell Hotel Arabelle here

Have a pleasant stay at Sorell Hotel Arabelle

3. How to get around Switzerland

Law and order reign in this country, ensuring a well-organized public city and inter-city transport. If you plan to visit several cities during your one week Switzerland itinerary, travelling from one to another will not be a problem.

Choose what you want to travel with and experience beautiful scenic drives with an Alps view.

Trains: The main railway hubs are Bern and Zurich; from there, there are lines to all the cities I’ve mentioned above. Get on the Glacier Panorama Express if you want a slightly different experience.

Trams: These are a crucial part of living in Zurich and Berlin. Charm trams further enrich the urban culture in Switzerland.

Buses: Two leading companies manage the buses- PostBus and Swiss Federal Railway. I recommend buses for intercity transportation, and trams are your best option throughout the cities.

Boats: These are reserved only for tourist routes, so if you want to get this experience, find a route you’ll enjoy exploring.

Bicycles: Bicycle culture is contagious in Zurich, Basel and Geneva. You can also rent an E-bike, but there’s one thing to keep in mind: don’t forget to put on a helmet! This is both for the sake of your safety, but also to avoid paying a fine.

Get your Swiss Travel Pass here

Get your Swiss Travel Pass here

4. What to see in Switzerland- The Must-Do’s

I’ve picked the best things to do during your one week in Switzerland, ensuring your trip is loaded with joy and unique activities!

More great sights to see in Switzerland:

  • Explore the Swiss Alps
  • Chillon Castle (Montreux)

Visit the Famous Zytglogge clock tower at Switzerland

5. Things to do in Switzerland

Your week-long Swiss Adventure wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t recommend these places and activities. So, let’s discover what this European Alpine gem has to offer:

Scenic Train Journeys

In addition to the already mentioned Glacier Express, you can buy a ticket for the Bernina Express and enjoy postcard-like views of the Alps and lakes.

Explore the Swiss Alps

If you have time and want to explore more during your 1 week in Switzerland, choose one of the following hiking trails- Jungfrau, Matterhorn or Eiger. This will allow you to spend the whole day in peace, but burn some calories because the food in Switzerland is delicious.

Lake Lucerne

Although we have already mentioned them, they are worth highlighting. Lakes Geneva, Lucerne and Lake Zurich offer you unique alpine tranquillity I bet you’ll fully enjoy.

Cultural Exploration

Old towns permanently hide historical stories and perpetuate tradition. Explore mediaeval architecture in the old towns of Zurich and Bern. And if you are interested in museums, I recommend the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Swiss National Museum.

Swiss Culinary Delights

Were you planning to leave without trying everything? I didn’t think so! To make your experience super-worthy, try cheese fondue, raclette, Rösti, Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, and chocolate in 300 types and shapes.

Swiss National Museum in Zurich

6. Tickets you have to buy before (Must Read)

Ensure a delightful one week in Switzerland by crafting your itinerary in advance, The list below will help you not miss out on a single gem on your list.

7. Food & Restaurants

And now, something to pamper your taste buds: the best dishes you must try and the best restaurants to go to. Good appetite!
Most delicious Switzerland specialities to try:

  • Fondue
  • Raclette
  • Rösti
  • Zürcher Geschnetzeltes
  • Swiss Chocolate
  • Bircher Müesli

Best restaurants to visit:

Traditional Bircher Müesli in Switzerland

8. Day Trips from Switzerland

How to do the day trips? There are 3 options:

If you feel unstoppable and eager to make the most of your one week in Switzerland, here are some suggestions for where to go on day trips around Switzerland.

  • Zurich
  • Bern
  • Lucerne
  • Interlaken

9. Itinerary for 7 days

Day 1: Arrival in Zurich

Welcome to the most vibrant city in the whole of Switzerland. Most likely, your first stop was Flughafen Airport (13 km away) or the central train station Hauptbahnhof.

Explore the old town and the incredible Swiss delights here, then head to the following location.

Day 2: Lucerne Day Trip

Enjoy the scenic train route (45 minutes) and stop at the city’s Lion Monumentum and Chapel Bridge.

Day 3: Interlaken

Come here again by train (2 hours) or car along the A8 highway. This is an ideal place for those who like outdoor activities.

Day 4 and 5 : Zermatt and Gornergrat

These two places are only 30 minutes away from each other and 2 hours from Interlaken. Enjoy two villages where traffic is prohibited and are perfect for a snowy idyll.

Day 6: Montreux and Bern

Two hours separate you from the following location, Montreux, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Walk the luxury hotel promenade all day; the next stop is Bern (1.5 hours away).

Day 7: Bern to Zurich

After you have the capital, it’s time to return to Zurich (1-hour train drive) and summarise your impressions.

10. Packing List

There are a few things we recommend for your packing list Switzerland.

With this, I conclude the guide for one week in Switzerland. I believe you now have all the essential information about this place, so start packing!
For more travel inspiration and future escapades, dive into my other blogs.

Optional but always useful:

Packing List Europe

11. Printed Guides & Map

These guides are best for the ones looking for a printed version.

Once you come to Switzerland, you will also receive a paper map of the city.

Here is again our map of Switzerlandwith the recommended hotels and neighborhoods.

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