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Introducing Switzerland

Get to the heart of Switzerland.
Switzerland is all about quintessential Alpine scenery, perfectly preserved medieval towns, and international cities that run on a famously precise schedule. This central European nation is small but surprisingly diverse—shared borders with France, Italy, and Germany have produced distinct regional cultures. One unifying factor is the Alps: the mountain range takes up a whopping 65% of Switzerland’s total area, making this an ideal destination for active fun (and iconic views) all year. 

When is the best time to visit?
Snowy Switzerland is a skier's paradise, and it's no surprise that January and February are peak tourist months. This goes for the Alps of course, but applies to the cities too—Bern, for example, looks great under a layer of winter white, and its Christmas markets are a must-visit (for the delectable Swiss chocolates alone).

The country is also idyllic in summer, as travelers trade ski lifts for hiking boots and hit the Alpine trails. You can enjoy great outdoor excursions during the slower spring and fall seasons, too—September is a particularly great “off” month to visit, as the summer crowds are gone yet the weather is still pleasant, and the scenery ever-wonderful.

Where should you go?
Certainly, you’ll want to visit Switzerland’s picture-perfect capital of Bern, whose medieval Old Town is home to the towering Zytglogge clock tower. And of course, you’ll want to experience the Alps. There are many hiking trails in these world-famous mountains, all signposted and easy to follow. Head to St. Moritz and Zermatt for some of the best skiing in Europe.

Zurich is a beautifully kept city, and this is where serious shoppers will want to spend time. It's also a nice stop on your way to or from Germany by train. See much of the Swiss countryside in a short time on the GoldenPass railway line from Montreux to Lucerne and takes about 5.5 hours (switching trains at Interlaken). It runs through three mountain passes with spectacular views of lakes, waterfalls, and Swiss chalets. 

How many days do you need?
If you simply want to travel through the Swiss countryside and visit a few postcard-worthy cities and towns, you can do so in well under a week. To properly take advantage of Switzerland’s winter sports and excursions, two weeks is ideal. In this timeframe, you could embark on a number of great day-long or even multi-day hikes—or ski at multiple resorts—with time to relax at a few chalets along the way.

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Switzerland Tours & Itineraries

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Lauterbrunnen valley
Map of Best of Bernese Oberland - 5 days
Best of Bernese Oberland - 5 days

Hike from hut to hut under the snowy facades of some of the most famous peaks in the Swiss Alps with this five-day itinerary. As you hike past the iconic peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau, you'll make your way through Alpine pastures, glacial lakes, and rushing waterfalls, with stops on mountaintop tramways and charming villages in between.

Lauterbrunnental
Map of Bernese Oberland Traverse - 7 Days
Bernese Oberland Traverse - 7 Days

Take a classic Swiss hut-to-hut hike through the Bernese Oberland mountains on this week-long trek. You'll go from scenic valley to scenic valley as you traverse past the bases of some of the best-known mountains in the Alps, such as Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau, making your way through waterfalls, cliff faces, and dairy pastures.

Vineyards of the Lavaux region by Lake Geneva
Map of Exploring the Wine Regions of Mont Blanc - 6 Days
Exploring the Wine Regions of Mont Blanc - 6 Days

Sample some of the world's best wines as you circle around Mont Blanc from Switzerland to Italy to France. Visit vineyards nestled in the idyllic countryside in the foothills of the Alps, where ancient grape varieties still produce rare and high-quality wines. Taste local wines in the terraced hills of Lavaux, Switzerland, and toast to the breathtaking views from Pointe Helbronner in France with a glass of Cuvée des Guides — moments and wines to be remembered!

Ascend Mount Pilatus by cogwheel train, then catch a gondola to the peak
Map of Switzerland by Train - 10 Days
Switzerland by Train - 10 Days

In the Alpine wonderland that is Switzerland, public transport takes on a whole new meaning. Over 10 days, you'll travel between colorful towns, lakeside cities, and mountain peaks by train, cogwheel railway, and even cable cars. Other highlights include hiking across green meadows, kayaking on azure lakes, riding bikes past waterfalls, and ascending iconic peaks like the Matterhorn.

Lac de Moiry
Map of Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 10 Days
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 10 Days

Visit traditional Swiss villages, explore high-elevation alpine lakes, and cross high rocky passes as you trek through the Alps on this 10-day itinerary from Chamonix to Zermatt. Head east across the mountain range as you traverse mountainsides, hike along glacier foothills and look for wildlife (like ibex and marmots). Spend your nights in lakeside mountain huts and cozy towns, falling asleep to the sound of the wind and water. 

Lake Moiry as seen from Corne de Sorebois
Map of Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 7 Days
Chamonix to Zermatt Walker's Haute Route - 7 Days

Hike through thick pine forests, visit traditional Swiss villages, and look for wildlife (like ibex and marmots) on this 7-day trekking itinerary through the Swiss Alps. Cross the high-elevation Col de Riedmatten Pass, traverse mountainside, and hike along glacier foothills as you make your way east towards Zermatt, which sits at the base of the Matterhorn. At night, cozy up in huts and small villages that retain an authentic alpine feel.

Make the Most of Your Time in Switzerland

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Oeschinen Lake in the Bernese Oberland of Switzerland
How Many Days to Spend in Switzerland

Small enough to traverse end-to-end in a few hours and with excellent public transport, Switzerland can be explored in as little as three days, specifically if you stick to one...

Switzerland Travel Advice

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Take to the Bernina Alps with the Bernina Express
Switzerland's Best Train Rides

Switzerland's rail network is one of the world's best, defying steep mountain gradients, threading through dramatic valleys and around beautiful lakes to showcase the country's...

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Discover the charming resort town of Zermatt (and the iconic Matterhorn) on a winter or hiking-focused itinerary
Map of 2 Weeks in Switzerland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Switzerland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Switzerland, you can experience the country's charming towns and pristine landscapes on an ultimate scenic highlights tour. Or, if you're eager to see the country with its winter coat on, choose between a festive Christmas markets itinerary and a skiing, sledding, and sightseeing adventure. Other options include an activity-packed trip through the Lake District and a hiking-focused trip that features a four-night trek in the Bernese Oberland region.

Learn about Bern's history, Switzerland's capital, on a guided tour of the Altstadt
Map of 10 Days in Switzerland - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Switzerland - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Whether traveling to Switzerland by train, car, or on foot, you can cover a lot of ground in 10 days. Avid hikers can tackle a multiday Bernese Oberland trek, while thrill seekers can pair Montreux rafting with paragliding in neighboring France. Those keen on culture and cuisine will appreciate a Zürich chocolate workshop, Lucerne's "night watchmen" tour, and cheese tasting in Gruyères. Interlaken ice skating, snowshoeing near Lugano, and Christmas market-hopping are ideal for winter enthusiasts.

Discover Lucerne and its famous Chapel Bridge on a highlights tour in the summer or on a Christmas-themed vacation
Map of 1 Week in Switzerland - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Switzerland - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With one week in Switzerland, you have a variety of options, from summer and winter adventures to relaxed or activity-packed itineraries. For a summer trip, consider an Alpine excursion with mountain activities with wine-tasting tours, or embark on hikes in the Bernina Alps. Winter travelers will find Interlaken, Zermatt, and Chamonix to be ideal destinations for snowy escapades, while those traveling in December can enjoy the festive atmosphere that is perfect for a memorable Christmas getaway.

Switzerland Travel Maps

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5 Days in Switzerland - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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10 Days in Switzerland - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Andrea Gambino
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Andrea Gambino

Travelling is my greatest passion – especially travels that respect the local culture and show the authentic side of a destination. I set out on my first trip at 20-years-old and haven’t stopped...

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Travel specialist Tomaz Martinek
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Tomaz Martinek

I knew I want to work in travel industry since my high school years. I was born in Slovenia's capital and spend my youth dreaming about showing other people our lovely country and travelling the...

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Mathilde Dubuisson

After having wonderful opportunities of trips in Europe, I really became passionate about traveling ✈️ My name is Mathilde, I am 25 years old and I grew up in Troyes, in the Champagne region 🍾...

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Travel specialist Valentine Julien
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Valentine Julien

Valentine is the girl from the French Alps! She worked as a tailor-made trip planner in Sri Lanka & Maldives, and was an event organizer for extreme sports competition in Switzerland. She...

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Trip Reviews for Switzerland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

The Best Experience
Switzerland | May 3 - May 16, 2024

Nicole
Nicole N.
Walnut, CA | Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Amandine was absolutely the best when it came to planning our trip! We are so thrilled in our experience with her and the KimKim team, their attention to detail, and ability to work around our ideas to create the perfect honeymoon. Everything from our formal group tours to the days where we had self-guided experiences were outlined and given to us in our minute-by-minute itinerary. Amandine and her colleagues were also kind enough to check in on us during our trip to make sure everything was going to plan. All of our hotel stays and events matched and exceeded our expectations!

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Amandine
Amandine Dumas
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on May 17, 2024

Bonjour!
Thank you for sharing this wonderful review about your honeymoon! I'm so glad to read you enjoyed your experience from Switzerland to Germany through Italy :)
Thank you for trusting Kimkim and providing us with the opportunity to organize a wonderful trip for you both!
I wish you both all the best!
Best regards,
Amandine

Really wonderful experience. Wealth of knowle...
Switzerland | Apr 21 - Apr 28, 2024

Daphne
Daphne M.
Flagami, FL | Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Really wonderful experience. Wealth of knowledge and resources. I should have started here and let them do all the planning. I typically research and try to make best travel decisions from internet. Don’t waste your time. This group knows every area, interesting sites, hotels, restaurants and travel modes. Amandine was always available and other consultants chimed in on ideas. We had an awesome adventure.

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Amandine
Amandine Dumas
Local specialist in Villefranche sur Saône | Replied on May 17, 2024

Thank you so much Daphne for your lovely feedback. Thank you for trusting Kimkim and providing us with the opportunity to organize a wonderful trip for you both.
It was a great pleasure to organize your trip to Switzerland and so good to know that you had a great time here.
Take care, Amandine

A Taste of Switzerland with a Topping of Northern Italy and Chamonix, France
Switzerland | Apr 12 - Apr 30, 2024

Susan
Susan G.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on May 01, 2024
We had an amazing trip with short stays in Zurich, Lucerne, Grindewald, Lugano, Stressa, Chamonix, Montreux and Zurich. Each city had its own character and April was a great time to visit with the spring blossoms! Our activities ranged from city tours, bike tour, hiking, mountain and glacier tours, relaxing spas, vineyards with wine tasting to free time where we explored on our own. Read more

We had an amazing trip with short stays in Zurich, Lucerne, Grindewald, Lugano, Stressa, Chamonix, Montreux and Zurich. Each city had its own character and April was a great time to visit with the spring blossoms! Our activities ranged from city tours, bike tour, hiking, mountain and glacier tours, relaxing spas, vineyards with wine tasting to free time where we explored on our own.

Hotel Review
Belvedere Swiss Quality Hotel Grindelwald
Grindelwald

My husband and I agreed that this was probably the best hotel we have ever stayed at! Even though the hotel was more than 100 years old, the updates (with the exception of only one small elevator) where superb; we even had heated bathroom floors! The staff were all amazing and the buffet breakfast was tops too!!

Authenticity & Character
The attention to details from the initial greeting of a beverage while waiting for your room to the customized chocolate on your departure; it was all exceptional.
Location
The hotel is a five minute walk from the train station with amazing views of the mountains.
Staff
Friendly, friendly, friendly….
Cleanliness & Comfort
Spotless atmosphere
Local specialist: Clothilde DIEMUNSCH
Clothilde
Clothilde DIEMUNSCH
Local specialist in lacenas, France | Replied on May 02, 2024
Hello Susan,
I hope this message finds you well! I'm really grateful for your thoughtful review of Kim Kim following your recent trip. Your insights are invaluable to us as we strive to uphold and enhance the quality of our services. Rest assured, I'll be sharing your feedback with my team and our partners. It brings me great joy to hear that you had a fantastic experience exploring Switzerland!
What an amazing project you and Thomas had for 20 days! It was a pleasure to be working with you...
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Hello Susan,
I hope this message finds you well! I'm really grateful for your thoughtful review of Kim Kim following your recent trip. Your insights are invaluable to us as we strive to uphold and enhance the quality of our services. Rest assured, I'll be sharing your feedback with my team and our partners. It brings me great joy to hear that you had a fantastic experience exploring Switzerland!
What an amazing project you and Thomas had for 20 days! It was a pleasure to be working with you on that project all the way through and to get your feedback/pictures all the way!
Looking forward to maybe organizing your next trip whether it be in France or in Switzerland,
Sincerely,
Clothilde