Four days in Switzerland : Our beautiful itinerary

When we planned our first trip to Europe, the dreamy Switzerland had to be a part of it. After spending 6 enchanting days in Italy, comprising of couple of days in Rome, Florence and Venice each, we headed to Switzerland. We decided to be based out of Lucerne in Switzerland, and spend four days here. On day one of our four days in Switzerland, the train journey from Venice to Lucerne was nothing sort of a fairytale ride. As you get closer to Lucerne, the more you get spellbound by the beauty of the Swiss Countryside. (We will soon write about our journey from Venice to Lucerne).

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Jesuit Church as seen from across Lake Lucerne

Day1: Into the fairytale town of Lucerne

Check-in into out hotel

We arrived into Lucerne by afternoon. As we dragged our luggage out of the train station, we met our chauffer waiting with a placard at the entrance to the train station. The town of Lucerne is not so big. So, soon, we arrived at our hotel, dei kreige. After checking into the hotel, we decided to settle down a bit.

Out for Lunch

Two of us headed out to hunt for lunch while the others got fresh. After almost a week of travel through Rome, Florence and Venice, we were yearning to try a different cuisine this time. But alas, somehow, every cafe or restaurant that we headed to in the nearby streets seemed to be closed for business. I am still not sure if this is the way in Switzerland, that shops close during lunch hours.  Finally, we arrived at an Indian restaurant which seemed to be open. Delighted, we entered inside and ordered take away platters for each one of us. After returning back, as we announced the menu to our companions, they seemed to be equally happy to have an Indian meal after a long time.

A walking tour of Lucerne

Now were in front of us four days in Switzerland – the land of natural beauty. And in the pursuit to make the best out of it, we decided to embark on our walking tour of the city of Lucerne. We had already defined a rough self planned walking tour of Lucerne . And we were looking forward to it after having done two equally exciting walking tours in Florence. You can find the details of our self planned walking tours of Florence here in this post and here as well. So, soon we embarked on our journey to explore the lucrative town of Lucerne.

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From our hotel, we headed to the old Church. Next, we spent some time sitting by the bank of lake Lucerne, seeing the swans and ducks swim happily. Thereafter, we crossed the old bridge to enter into the old town parts. Here, we did some grocery shopping. And then went up to the old town walls and the clock tower. We climbed the walls to get a mesmerizing view of the town of Lucerne and lake Lucerne, with snow covered mountain peaks in the background. From here, we went further to the Lion monument of Lucerne. The details of this walking tour, along with a google map are captured in our post on walking tour of Lucerne. On our way back, we packed some dinner and came back to our hotel.

Note: the weather was pleasant when we embarked on this walking tour of Lucerne . But as the evening progressed it went from cool to freezing cold. With the chilly breeze blowing right into our faces. And this is April mid that we are talking about. So, do be prepared with your woolens and warm jackets as you head to Lucerne in this season.

Our self planned walking tour of Lucerne 

Day 2: Off to the capital city of Bern

On day two of our four days in Switzerland, after having a nice breakfast at our hotel, we headed on a day tour of the capital city of Switzerland, Bern. We walked till near the Lucerne railway station where we met our group tour guide at a pre designated place. Thereafter, in a small bus, we began our tour to Bern, passing through the picturesque countryside of Switzerland, the vast green meadows and beautiful village houses. We could site farm animals happily grazing and the local people merrily going about their life. It seemed right out of the happy story books that we read as children.

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Beautiful banks of the beautiful river Aare

On our way to Bern, we visited a cookies store – Kambly. The store has a beautiful story behind it’s origin, and is more than 100 years old now. And has lots of free cookies for tasting. After having stuffed ourselves with the cookies and buying quiet a few packs of cookies here, we headed to our destination – Bern. Here, we got down by the river. And then had a nice walking tour of the small but beautiful town along with our guide. Even more beautiful part was the close to 3 hours time after the tour that we got to explore Bern on our own. Read our post on our day in Bern to know how we made the most of it.

From here, we started back around 3:30pm in the evening, stopping on the way on a cheese factory. That took us through a journey of cheese manufacturing. Apart from that, there is a store here to taste and buy cheese, a restaurant to relax along with outdoor sitting and a play area for kids. The views around are mind blowing. Overall, we had a wonderful time exploring Bern, Kambly and the Cheese tasting tour in a cheese factory. We returned back to our hotel in the evening quiet satisfied with the tour.

A day in Bern – the Swiss capital

Kambly experience – delicious cookies tasting tour

Cheese factory tour in Swizerland

Day3 : Endeavor with snow at Mount Titlis and Engleberg

Today was day 3 of our four days in Switzerland. A day we had been eagerly looking forward to. Because today was the day to play in the snow, conquer the heights and enjoy to fullest. But before embarking on this trip, we did have a beautiful morning walk, just randomly wandering through the blocks in the neighborhood of our hotel. And finally settling down on a bench in front of our hotel, basking in the mild morning sun for a while.

We started the day with a trip to Engleberg – the picturesque valley in the lap of mount Titlis. From here, we started on a cable car ride to the top of mount Titlis. Half way through we stopped for a glacier walk. And thereafter, we played a lot in the snow. By 5:00pm, we were supposed to return back to our bus for the return journey. Till then, we had the whole day to play as much as we wanted. It was one of the days that the little one enjoyed the most and still remembers afresh. Head here to know in details about our trip to Engleberg and mount titlis from Lucerne.

Engelberg and Mount Titlis
Cliff walk along the edge of mount Titlis

Also, today, upon returning from the trip, we headed out to get a view of the town of Lucerne after dark. We went on a walking trip from our hotel all the way up to the old  bridge, braving the cold waves. And we were not the least disappointed when we beheld the view of the bridge and the shores of the lake all lighted up beautifully. And their lights twinkling into lake Lucerne, creating a wonderful reflection. Today, we did get a feeling that our four days in Switzerland were close to over. Perhaps that inspired us to make the most of the time available now. So far, we had enjoyed the beautiful towns of Lucerne and Bern, the endeavor with snow at mount Titlis. But what we were still urging for was more romance with the Swiss countryside.

Endevour with snow at Engleberg and Mount Titlis

Day 4: Grindelwald & Interlaken

Finally arrived the last day of our four days in Switzerland. Today, we had a trip to Interlaken & Grindelwald scheduled. I had heard a lot about the natural beauty of the town of Interlaken but had not explored much on what to expect in Grindelwald. Neverthless, like the other days of our four days in Switzerland, today again, we had our breakfast and then we headed to our group tour meeting point. From here, we boarded a bus to Interlaken. The journey was again a beautiful one, with mesmerizing views of the Swiss countryside and the fairy tale houses lining the ever green farms.

Grindelwald
Wandering through the streets of Grindelwald

Upon arrival in Interlaken, we spent close to 1 hour here. Before heading to Grindelwald. In Grindelwald, we were left to explore the town on our own. And we are so greatful to our guide for doing it, instead of ushering us from one place to another. Here is where our wish to have more interaction with the Swiss countryside got fulfilled. We had a picnic on a farm, roamed randomly through the streets of the village of Grindelwald, had a few interactions with the locals and finally, caught a train back to Interlaken from the pretty train station at Grindelwald.

This was such a lovely day, one of the most beautiful ones that we spent in Switzerland, and also in our Europe trip. And that left us wanting to explore more of Switzerland. You can read here our full account of our time exploring Grindelwald. And we will be soon writing about our day spent in Interlaken. We will definitely want to return back to Switzerland to experience more of this beauty. I guess I can never get enough of this place, however many times we return here.

Memorable half a day spent at Grindelwald

Summary of our four days in Switzerland

So, this is how we spent four days in Switzerland – four most beautiful days of our trip. I am greatful that the days were really long at the time we planned our trip. The sun set only post 9:00pm. And that gave us a psychological boost to keep moving on our feet easily from morning 6:00am to evening 8:0pm. Moreover, we didn’t feel the least tired.

On our group tours to Bern, Titlis and Interlaken, there were people who also joined us from Zurich. They traveled extra 2-3 hours than we did. So, we were really glad of our decision to have based ourselves out of Lucerne. Also, Lucerne being a small town, it was easy to get around and explore it on our feet. Although, our hotel had given us complementary bus passes to explore the city, we never got to use a bus. All the time, we were up on our feet, soaking into the beauty of nature that laid in front of us. Another advantage of being based out of a smaller town. Had we got more time in Switzerland, we would have loved to explore some more locations around Lucerne. We will soon write about our suggestion for day trips from Lucerne that you should try when heading to Switzerland.

Travel tips

  1. Do carry comfortable walking shoes with you. As with Europe, there will be a lot of walking around to be done.
  2. Carry a bottle of water. Switzerland is just pristine. You will find fountains of water all over, and you can easily refill your bottle at these spots. Save money, go nature friendly and keep yourself hydrated all the time.
  3. If your purpose is romancing the ever beautiful paradise that consists of the swiss countryside, better live in a smaller town, like we decided to be located in Lucerne instead of Zurich.
  4. Prefer walking tours, particularly self-guided ones where in you can explore the place at your own pace
  5. There is a great train connectivity between places. And if you decide to head out of Lucerne on your own, you can conveniently get a two ways train ticket and then head off to where ever you desire.
  6. Four days in Switzerland are definitely not enough to explore and soak completely in the beauty that it is world famous for. However, you can make the most of your trip by defining your itinerary the way we did. If I were to return here, I would spend close to 10 days doing all that which I didn’t get time for.
  7. Buses are available in all towns for transport in case you want to ditch walking.
  8. German is the primary language. Italian is also understood in many parts. Most of the tourist locations however, have people speaking english. So, you are most likely not going to have any trouble.
  9. Shops close quiet early, by 6-6:30 pm. So, do remember to plan accordingly if you wish to do any shopping here. We did buy some sweet souvenirs from here – swiss chocolates and cookies that the place is world famous for. But during the day time. There was a cute little cupcake cafe near my hotel where I badly wanted to take my daughter. But it was operational 10:00am to 5:00pm and I was never in Lucerne during this time. So, had to give it a miss.
  10. The time of year when we traveled, April end, seemed to be just perfect. It was neither too cold nor hot in Lucerne. The temperature was close to 10 degrees most of the time. Although cold winds did blow in morning and evening hours. We wore proper winter jackets and woolens. But we also got to enjoy mild sunshine in the mornings. Sometimes, it got cloudy but didn’t rain. However, temperature can change course suddenly in this area. Like the day before we arrived, hail and snow happened in Lucerne. So be prepared.
  11. Smaller children can’t go at some places, particularly on top of the mountains. So gather sufficient information before heading off to a tour of Mount Titlis or Jungafraugh if you are with a toddler.
  12. Do carry a stroller if you are going with a kid. At least all the towns are very stroller friendly. And it will save your stamina as well as not exhaust your kid while you roam around exploring Switzerland.

4 days in Switzerland

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82 Responses

  1. Your photos have left me absolutely speechless!!!!! I’ve been dying to visit Switzerland and this just seems like the perfect itinerary! Although I don’t think 4 days would be enough to really explore this beautiful country. Really love the tips you gave at the end too. Will definitely need to try to remember #2 since I’m always lazy and ignore bringing water around. PS. thank you so much for leaving a wonderful comment on my recent interview with My Manta Active. I’m nowhere near as well travelled as you guys are and I am so incredibly thrilled to hear that you find me inspirational. Wherever your next destination may take you, I wish you both safe travels and best wishes. Here’s to many more adventures ahead!

    • Thank you Jas! This is one of the lovely comments that I received here. Thanks for taking out the time to read and comment. I am sure we will be interacting a lot more in future. Since, we have a common love – travel 🙂 4 days are definitely not sufficient for covering Switzerland. One should go for a week. But when pressed by time, I guess this is the best itinerary we can follow, as per my experience

  2. Switzerland has fascinated Indians (my country) since long, thanks to the Bollywood movies which have been shot here. The walking tour to Lucerne sounds most appealing to me. That’s the best way to indulge in immersive, slow travel. Thanks for showing us a Switzerland beyond meadows.

    • Thanks Abhinav, Switzerland indeed is very popular amongst Indians and Bollywood definitely loves the place. A testimony to that is a cut out of DDLJ actors on Mount Titlis and a statue of Yash Chopra in Grindelwald.

  3. ive always been fascinated with countries with four seasons just like Switzerland.. it’s true you can fully enjoy nature in all seasons even when you just walk around. glad you enjoyed your visit!

  4. Wonderful place and beautiful picture. How long time I do not go anywhere after I read your article I am very interested to go anywhere that I read your article and at last, I decided to I going there. I love this place. Thanks for sharing your information.

  5. Wow, I’m jealous! I’ve never experienced snow in my life.

    • Do make a trip to Switzerland – it has mountains with eternal snow very conveniently accessible

  6. Switzerland is so beautiful! Love the snow view and the free tasting of cookies! Can I have loads of them? haha I bet 3 days in this amazing place ain’t enough! Also love the thought that Europe has a lot of walking to do even though it’s quite tiring!

    • Actually we didn’t find the walking around so tiring since the atmosphere was clean and it was cold season, humidity also optimum. And coming to your question, yes, you can eat as many cookies as you wish 🙂

  7. You captured such a beautiful city so well! Great tips for travelling Switzerland! This has always been on our bucket list, now I have an article to reference for when we plan our trip! Thank you!

  8. Lucerne from all these is my favorite and the last time around, I could not get enough time here. Hope to remedy that some day. I loved your detailed tips and suggestions. Very well written.

  9. I love the color of the mountains and the green grasses! Seeing nature in the modern world is fantastic to see 🙂

  10. Those must have been really magical 4 days and you would be wanting to go back. We spent 4 weeks in Switzerland but did not feel like leaving the place. We went back again for a week and still we feel as if we need to experience more of this lovely country. Want to return again and again to this paradise.

  11. All I can say is just a big WOW..!!! Nice place and I really like your photos.. 🙂

  12. Your photographs do all the talking so I am really at a loss to write words here. I wish I get an opportunity to travel to this beautiful place. I have heard that Mount Titlis has Hindi signages, is it true?

  13. The name Switzerland itself makes me happy and Lucerne is purely admirable. Your this post is quite good compilation of what to do, see and where to stay in Switzerland. Pictures are perfect too. We are planing to travel to Europe surely next year.

    • Great to know about your tour plans Suruchi. Hope some of my experience will help you as well

  14. Breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Hope to visit one day, if I’m lucky.

  15. I reallty loved the Day 3 Mount Titlis and Engleberg and Day 4! I wanna go there because of this post. I need to find myself a visa!

  16. 4 days seem too less to experience the magic of Switzerland. However, you seems to have made the best use of the 4 days with your itinerary. I shall mark this as a starting point for my itinerary planning for Switzerland. Loved your pics!

  17. Oh my goodness how I absolutely love Switzerland! I don’t know how you managed to squeeze it into 4 days, but you did! I could spend so long just traveling through this beautiful country. Lucerne is one of my favorite spots and of course as you’ve shared, for very good reason!

  18. Love every bits and pieces of your 4 days in Switzerland. Never felt once as a hyped destination but rather felt more like a dream destination. All your pictures are excellent.

  19. ahh, beautiful Switzerland! I’ve been there many times and always loved it. Grindelwald & Interlaken is a mesmerising place to visit!

  20. When I read about your Indian meal in Switzerland, it reminded me of one of the more unusual meals I’ve ever had at a Swiss/Indian restaurant in Alice Springs, Central Australia!! I’d love to play in the snow at Mt Titlis too – I’ve only seen snow 4 or 5 times in my whole life – but Grindelwald is so beautiful, I’m sure I’d end up spending all my time there. It looks just like I imagined the scenery from the children’s book ‘Heidi’ to be!

    • Even I have seen snow very less times in my life and it really excites me. I want to experience the snow fall some time. Will plan my next Europe trip in winter

  21. I love way this place looks. It seems so nice and chilled. I will love to visit one day

  22. Tales of travelling sisters

    A perfect itinerary for all those planning a visit to the beautiful Switzerland. I completely agree with you on staying in small towns is better than opting for big cities. These small towns and their stunning landscapes is what makes Switzerland so special.

  23. Switzerland is paradise on earth. Your pictures bring it to life. I would love to head there sometime soon and definitely scale the peak of Mount Titlis. Cheers!!

  24. Ah, Titlis! I went there! It really is such a wonderful sight. Your view was a lot better than mine though, it was so cloudy when I went. Lucerne was a gorgeous area. I wasn’t overly fond of Switzerland, but it was very pretty. Love your photos :).

    • Oh..the day we went, it was sunny and the following days were also quiet clear. It is such a beautiful place

  25. Switzerland is amazing! After seeing this itinerary, I definitely have to go back and check out these places!

  26. It’s super nice that there are drinking fountains everywhere! I wish all countries did that!

  27. Jane S. Susaeta

    wow such a beautiful place to see!!!!! I wonder when i can go there… But thank you for the information about the place

  28. Switzerland is one place I’m hoping to visit this coming year! It seems to have beautiful landscapes everywhere you turn! Great tips to visiting, seems it was definitely fun for you!

  29. My One Big Planet

    I wanted to go here so badly on my Euro Summer trip, but I found hotels so expensive for my dates 🙁 Maybe next time!

  30. I’ve only had a chance to spend a day/night in Geneva. As much as I’d love to see all the Swiss cities you mention in this post, I want to see Venice even more!

  31. Your itinerary in Switzerland is packed with so many cool places! Jealous!

  32. I travelled to Switzerland when I was a student. I was so surprised with how expensive everything was from the rest of Europe, I left the next day.

    I can see by your gorgeous photographs that I missed out on alot! Now that my budget is better, I’ll definitely make the trip next vacation! Keep up the amazing work!

    • It is definitely expensive Kylie, but with a little effort, you can bring down the costs considerably

  33. That mount Titlis looks stunning, such lovely view of mountain peaks. Lucerne is actually always a good idea, there’s no way that the town and its surroundings would make anyone indifferent. There’s a lot to see and admire. So much beauty to soak up! 🙂

  34. The photo taken at Mount Titlis is so stunning! I would love to visit Switzerland someday.

  35. Its been several years since we visited Switzerland but I have wonderful memories of the scenic landscapes. Lucerne is by far, the prettiest Swiss town I am aware of. You covered quite a lot in 4 days.

  36. Wow, four days in Switzerland sounds amazing! Love the photos!!

  37. Beautiful pictures! I tried to visit Switzerland when I was studying in Germany, but as I would only have 2 days off, I decided to wait until I had more time to explore. It seems like your itinerary was fitting and you were able to see many fun and beautiful things during your 4 days!

    • Yes Rachelle, we tried to make the most of the 4 days, but we felt we should have spent few more days in Lucerne . I spotted some beautiful small towns and mesmerizing landscapes on our way to Lucerne but we didn’t have time to stop there. Next time when we go to Switzerland, we will plan for it.

  38. Great tips for visiting Switzerland – I can’t wait to read more about day trips from Lucerne. It’s incredible how much ground you guys covered in just 4 days. It sounds like you had an intense but rewarding trip to Switzerland!

  39. Abigail Sinsona

    Switzerland is truly spectacular! I love that there are a variety of things to see or do and they are all spectacular. I’d love to visit Bern though since it is a UNESCO site!

    • Switzerland is so very beautiful. Although we spent 4 long days here, we wish to have stayed longer. To anyone going here, I would recommend minimum of a week

  40. I think you made the right decision of taking a walking tour of Lucerne as the place looks something you’d definitely enjoy on your own 🙂

    • Definitely Marvi. The place is such a beauty. And a delight to be explored on foot

  41. I have a friend in Lucerne. I would love to visit this wonderful country someday. Your photos look brilliant.

    • Wow..now you are making me feel jealous. Wish I had somebody there to stay with or look forward to meet…

  42. Grindelwald looks like such a cute place! I would love to walk around in it. I love reading your DIY walking tours. Someday when I visit Europe, those DIY walking tours are the first thing that I am going to do!

  43. I absolutely adore Switzerland. Have been there 3x and still have not seen all of it. I agree with you that Lucerne is fantastic. So beautiful, and easy to get around.

    • Oh…great to know that. I myself won’t ever get tired of visiting this country again and again

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