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Switzerland, Winterthur, Swiss Alps, Bern, Murren

3 Days in Switzerland what should I do?

I will be arriving in Switzerland on Friday at 8:00pm and will need to be in Winterthur on Monday night.  I want to do something in the alps region.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please be as detailed as possible.  

8 Answers

top answer by
Brew from Manhattan Beach

If you want to see the alps, the area around Interlaken is incredibly beautiful, with lots of activities in and around the town that are easy to arrange.  Near Interlaken, the Schilthorn Cable Car can take you from Stechelberg to Gimmelwald then on to Murren.  If you want to see some Alps, this is an amazing way to do it.  The Lauterbrunnenvalley is extremely beautiful and the cable car goes from the bottom to Gimmelwald, which is a tiny little mountain village that sits on the edge of a massive cliff.  From there it is possibly to keep going up and up.  Pretty amazing.

Another cool option in the area is the Jungfraubahn, which is a historic railway and Swiss heritage site.  The historic train can take you up the Jungfrau which has the highest railway station in Europe (at 11,332 ft).  The Jungfraubahn leaves from Kleine Scheidegg, but can be reached by train from both Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Interlaken (city)
  2. Schilthorn Cable Car (attraction)
  3. Stechelberg (attraction)
  4. Gimmelwald (attraction)
  5. Murren (city)
  6. Lauterbrunnen (attraction)
  7. Jungfraubahn (attraction)
  8. Jungfrau (attraction)
  9. Kleine Scheidegg (city)
  10. Grindelwald (attraction)
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answered by
jon from Palo Alto

Interlaken region is spectacular, and there are tons of day hikes from Grindelwald  take the gondola up and hike around the top. There is also a zip line off the top, which is called the First Flyer. Hiking is the national past-time, and there are tons of day hikes. Interlaken also has paragliding and tons of other outdoor sports. Spectacular area for outdoor fun. 

The Junfraujoch train in Jungfrau also takes you to the highest rail station in Europe, which gives spectacular views of the Mönch and surrounding valleys. There is also a tour through the ice palace, essentially a walk through the inside of the glacier. Touristy but fun. 

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  1. Grindelwald (attraction)
  2. Interlaken (attraction)
  3. Jungfrau (attraction)
  4. Mönch (attraction)
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answered by
Kim from San Diego

Get on the train and see the countryside - Lucerne is beautiful! Enjoy!

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  1. Lucerne (city)
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answered by

Hey Brian

I assume that you arrive in Zurich, right? Since Switzerland isn't big, you'll have plenty of time to discover quite a lot within two days. First and foremost I recommend to get a train ticket since going by train is the most easy and relaxing way to travel through Switzerland. Check for special offers.

If you want to have it as spectacular as possible, I recommend the Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern. Your starting point will be Interlaken which already is super picturesque. From there you can go to Lauterbrunnen and further into the valley. Check out Mürren and the Schilthorn, you can go there by cable car. Furthermore, the famous Jungfrau also is in the region of the valley. Definitely worth a visit.

Another option would be the region around Lake Lucerne. The city Lucerne itself is wonderful and you'll have many great mountains in the region such as Mt Pilatus and the Rigi. Around the corner is also the Stanserhorn whose peak offers amazing views.

Check out as well the Appenzell  in Eastern Switzerland around Säntis. Starting in Wasserauen you can either go to the Seealpsee  or the world famous Äscher restaurant and from there to the top of the Säntis itself. On a clear day you feel like seeing the whole alps. :-)

Other than that, if you want the absolute alps experience: travel to Zermatt  and enjoy the majestic Matterhorn.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Switzerland!

PS. Winterthur has quite an interesting art culture. Check it out! Especially the Photo museum.

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  1. Zurich (city)
  2. Lauterbrunnen (attraction)
  3. Bern (attraction)
  4. Mürren (attraction)
  5. Schilthorn (attraction)
  6. Jungfrau (attraction)
  7. Lake Lucerne (attraction)
  8. Mt Pilatus (attraction)
  9. Rigi (attraction)
  10. Appenzell (city)
  11. Säntis (attraction)
  12. Wasserauen (attraction)
  13. Seealpsee (attraction)
  14. Äscher (attraction)
  15. Zermatt (city)
  16. Matterhorn (attraction)
  17. Winterthur (city)
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answered by
Kevin from Hermosa Beach

There are kinds of fun things to do; just jump on a train and you can be anywhere in 1-3 hours. Go wine tasting in the Lake Geneva region, visit one of PubClub's favorite cities, Basel, explore Zurich (about 45 minutes from Winterthur) or go to the Alps, like Zermatt and see the Matterhorn. Here's several articles on what to do and where to go in Switzerland.

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  1. Lake Geneva (attraction)
  2. Basel (city)
  3. Zurich (city)
  4. Matterhorn (attraction)
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answered by
Janelle from Charleston

The good news about Switzerland is that it's so small that pretty much anywhere in the country can be visited as a day trip.  Bern (the capital) is a bit off the beaten path and doesn't get as many visitors as Geneva, Zurich or Luzerne, but it's got some great attractions, including the Einstein Museum, Einsteinhaus and The Cathedral of Bern.

If you're into extreme activities, Interlaken is a great place for that.  Mountain trekking and skydiving are popular activities.

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  1. Bern (attraction)
  2. Einstein Museum (attraction)
  3. Einsteinhaus (attraction)
  4. The Cathedral of Bern (attraction)
  5. Interlaken (city)

answered by
Christine from Los Angeles

Definitely go to the Old Town Zurich.  The streets are quaint and a plethora of good restaurants.  

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  1. Zurich (city)

answered by
Helena from Grächen, Switzerland

Visit Zermatt and the Matterhorn or the Matterhorn Museum. There are a lot of bars for a goodnight drink.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Zermatt (attraction)
  2. Matterhorn (attraction)
  3. Matterhorn Museum (attraction)

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