HomeEuropeSwitzerlandSwitzerland Trip + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 1, 2019.Here’s a starter Switzerland travel guide with sample itinerary, budget, places to visit & more. Switzerland was one of the countries that I visited on my first Euro Trip.Initially, Switzerland wasn’t included in our itinerary, but after adding France & more places in Northern Italy, we just couldn’t pass over the opportunity to achieve one of our biggest travel goals — see the Swiss Alps. Switzerland is located right between these two countries and convenient train travel in Europe makes cross-border trips very easy.We only spent a few days in Switzerland, just enough for a quick and jam-packed yet highly worthwhile trip in Zurich (the Swiss capital & one of the world’s principal financial centers), Lucerne(UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved medieval architecture), and Zermatt (Switzerland’s winter wonderland offering views of the iconic Mount Matterhorn).Traveling to Switzerland for the first time? Scroll down to get started on planning your trip. I’ve included a sample itinerary, places to visit/things to do, list of expenses/budget breakdown and extra travel tips.Follow me on Instagram Switzerland ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 4 days? Here’s a 4 days & 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary for your do-it-yourself (DIY) trip.. It’s suited for travelers who plan to go on a quick side trip to Switzerland & enjoy some of the top travel highlights while on the way to/from nearby destinations in Europe.In our case, we arrived in Zurich from Paris and Colmar in France. After Switzerland, we continued our journey to Milan, Venice & Florence in Italy. You can also follow this route in reverse & even add nearby Austria & Germany into the mix as well.This is a jam-packed itinerary. It’s easily doable, but depending on your desired pace, the schedule might be too rushed. Remember to prioritize the places that you want to see. Or better yet, add more days to enjoy a more relaxed pace.Feel free to tweak the activities & timings below based on your traveling style, schedule & attractions that interest you the most.Day 1: Zurich Marcos at Zurich train station Rhine Falls, near Zurich Stein Am Rhein Old Town, near Zurich Fraumünster Church & Münsterbrücke (Minister Bridge), Zurich Grossmünster (Great Minister Church), ZurichTimeActivityFlight to Zurich / train from France, Germany, Austria, Italy, other destinations in Switzerland or anywhere in Europe.AMArrive at Zurich Main Station.Zurich Main Station to Zurich hotel tram/walkZurich hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsPMStart day tour to Rhine Falls from ZurichLaufen CastleStein am Rhein medieval townsLindenhof Park and Limmat RiversideDay 2: Zurich to Lucerne St. Peter Pfarrhaus (church) & Limmat Riverside,Zurich Marcos in Zurich, Switzerland Swiss National Museum, Zurich Zurich Main StationTimeActivityAMStart walking tour of Zurich Old TownFraumünster ChurchMünsterbrücke (Minister Bridge)Helmhaus & Wasserkirche buildingGrossmünster (Great Minister Church)Rathaus (Zurich City Hall)St. Peter Pfarrhaus (church)Bayer Clock and Watch Museum (Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich)Swiss National Museum Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), Lucerne Lucerne Old Town Rathaus-Steg (bridge), Lucerne Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church) & Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), LucerneTimeActivityZurich to Lucerne train (45 minutes)Luzern Main Station to Lucerne hotel bus/walkLucerne hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsPMStart walking tour of Luzern Old TownKapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) & Wasserturm (Water Tower)Chapel Square (Kapellplatz)St. Peter’s church (St. Peter Kirche)KornmarktRathaus (Old Town Hall)HirschplatzWeinmarktRathaus-Steg (bridge)Jesuitenkirche (Jesuit Church)Franziskanerkirche (Fransiscan Church)Day 3: Lucerne to Zermatt Marcos at Lucerne Old Town facing Museggmauer (Musegg Wall)TimeActivityAMContinue walking tour of Luzern Old TownMuseggmauer (Musegg Wall) or the Nine TowersSpeuerbrucke (bridge)Muhlen Platz (Mills Square) Zermatt Matterhorn Viewpoint Marcos at Bahnhofstrasse (main street), ZermattTimeActivityLucerne to Zermatt train (3 hours and 15 minutes)PMZermatt hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsStart walking tour of Zermatt townZermatt Matterhorn ViewpointKirchbrücke (bridge) & Vispa RiverBahnhofstrasse (main street)Day 4: Matterhorn Mount Matterhorn view Marcos at Vispa Riverside, Zermatt Alpine views on the Zermatt-Visp Glacial Express trainTimeActivityAMGondola Lift (cable car) to Klein MatterhornFuriTrockener StegMatterhorn Glacier Paradise (Klein Matterhorn)Matterhorn MusemTrain to onward destination.Switzerland BudgetYour travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 4 days and 3 nights (4D3N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.Transport expenses breakdownCHF 12.5Zurich to Lucerne train — Per person one-way train fare.CHF 58.50Lucerne to Zermatt train — Per person one-way train fare.CHF 8.80ZVV Day Pass for Zurich — Per person. Includes 24 hours unlimited travel on public transport within Zurich city borders (1-2 zones).FreeLucerne Public Transport Pass — Per person. Includes unlimited travel on public transport within Lucerne city borders. Available for guests staying at selected accommodations.Activities/attraction costs breakdownCHF 66Rhine Falls and Steine Am Rhein half-day tour from Zurich — Per person discount price online. Includes round-trip coach transport, professional guide, admission to Laufen Castle at Rhine Falls & guided walk in Stein am Rhein.Book discount hereCHF 100Matterhorn Glacier Paradise — Per person. Includes Zermatt-Klein Matterhorn summit gondola/cable car roundtrip ticket and Matterhorn Glacier Paradise amission/entrance feeBudget Trip – Backpacker expensesCHF 80Transport — Includes train fares/passes listed above.CHF 150Accommodations — CHF 50 price per night in a budget hostel dorm/bed x 3 nightsCHF 120Food — CHF 30 per day inexpensive meals budget x 4 days.CHF 350Sub-total — Excluding attractions/activities, flights, international trains to/from Switzerland. Including accommodations, food & transport. Approximately PHP 18,632 / USD 355 / EUR 484. Or, a daily budget of CHF 87 / PHP 4,658 / USD 89 / EUR 121.CHF 166Activities — Admission tickets/entrance fees on selected activities aboveCHF 516Total — Including activities & expenses above. Approximately PHP 27,473 / USD 523 / EUR 713. Or, a daily budget of CHF 129 / PHP 6,868 / USD 131 / EUR 178.Other expensesSwitzerland & Europe data SIM card / pocket WIFI hotspotBook discount hereSwitzerland travel insuranceBook online Switzerland Itineraries & Travel BlogsMore travel tips coming once the detailed Switzerland travel guide is out. In the meantime, feel free to check out my Pinterest board and list of helpful Switzerland travel blogs below for inspiration.https://www.pinterest.com/detourista/switzerland-travel-guide-blog/Follow updates on Pinterest@detourista.1 Day ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 1 day (24 hours or less).VisitHow To Spend One Day In Zurich – Pommie TravelsVisitThe Best Things To Do When You Only Have One Day In Zurich – Make Time To See The WorldVisitA 24 Hour Guide To Zurich, Switzerland – Hand Luggage OnlyVisitThings to do in Lucerne in one day – Diaries of an ExplorerVisitHow to Visit Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus in One Perfect Day – Earth TrekkersVisitA Perfect Day In Lucerne – Memoirs of a GlobetrotterVisitZermatt, Switzerland: Things To Do In Zermatt For Non-skiers – Wanderlust Chloe2 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 2 days (48 hours or less).VisitFairy-Tale Living with Two Days in Lucerne – Katherine BelarminoVisitWhat To Do In Zermatt In 2 Days – Best Things To Do In Zermatt, Switzerland – Arzo Travels3 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 3 days.VisitThree Days in Zurich – Leave Your Daily HellVisitSwitzerland: 3 Days Itinerary & More – Travel Pins On MapVisit3 Days Switzerland Tour – Planning a bucket list destination – An Asian Traveller4 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 4 days.VisitFour days in Switzerland : Our beautiful itinerary – Revolving CompassVisitSwitzerland – 4 Days In The Alps – Finding Malokoko5 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 5 days.VisitOur Switzerland itinerary: 5 days in this beautiful country – Focused TravelsVisitSwitzerland Itinerary 5 Days – Switzerland In 5 Days – Arzo TravelsVisitMy 5 Day Itinerary For Switzerland, A Truly Magical Country – Adventure Lies In FrontVisitA Whirlwind Trip To The Most Beautiful Country On Earth – Meet Me At The Pyramid Stage6 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 6 days.Visit6 Day Guide To Switzerland – Charisma Shah1 Week ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 1 week (7 days or more).Visit1 Week In Switzerland Itinerary: All The Highlights – Expert World TravelVisit11 Days Switzerland Itinerary with Swiss Travel Pass (by Train ) – The Tales Of A TravelerVisitThe Perfect Week Itinerary: Switzerland – Wander Station2 Weeks ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 2 weeks (14 days or more).Visit2 week Itinerary Germany/Switzerland with Kids – Tapped Out TravellersVisit2 Weeks In Switzerland- My Itinerary For Active Travellers – Travel Yes PleaseVisit2 Weeks Switzerland Travel Guide – Running In A SkirtVisit2-Week Itinerary In Europe: Venice, Switzerland, And Prague – Trip 1013 Weeks to 1 Month ItineraryWhat to do in Switzerland in 3 weeks to 1 Month (21 days or more).Visit3 Weeks European Family road trip. – Empty Nesters Travel Insightshttps://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/Don’t Stop HereDid you find this travel guide helpful? 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