8 days in Switzerland & Strasbourg Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night


Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 18th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Les Berges de l'Ill, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, then admire the striking features of La Neustadt, and finally examine the collection at Pixel Museum. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cascade du Hohwald, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pagan Wall, and then see the interesting displays at Maison de la Manufacture d'Armes Blanches.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip itinerary planner.

Boston, USA to Strasbourg is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Strasbourg. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rosengart Collection, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

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Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Lucerne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alpenwildpark, then identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, make a trip to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Wed), look for gifts at Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, make a trip to Schloss Rapperswil, then see the interesting displays at Air Force Center, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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.