3 Days in Switzerland: Your Perfect Itinerary

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Alright friends, I’m going to go ahead and save you some time. You should probably just start googling flights to Switzerland right this minute.  Trust me, I’m not being presumptuous—Switzerland really just is all it’s cracked up to be. After reading through my guide on what to do with 3 days in Switzerland, you’ll have fallen for this beautiful country too!

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 1, Part 1: Paragliding

Wake up bright and early, because this is going to be a fun-filled day! Start off with this  paragliding adventure over the majestic Swiss Alps. You get some seriously beautiful views. Plus, who doesn’t want to run off the side of a mountain? There are a ton of companies offering very similar packages, and from what I saw, they all take off from around the same spot. 

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3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 1, Part 2: Schynige Platte

Now that you have your adrenaline pumping, stroll through town and make your way (by foot or bus) to the Wilderswil train station. The cogwheel train up to Schynige Platte leaves from the station, and is incredibly scenic. The train chugs on up through rolling meadows and forests. Keep an eye out for the brilliant blue lakes Thun and Brienz.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

At the top, you have many options. Take a rambling hike (as I did), or grab food and drinks from the restaurant at the top. I would definitely recommend hiking around, because honestly, the views do not look real. I saw the lake, and thought it had to be fake…there are no lakes that look like this in real life, right?

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

But they do, and they’re in Switzerland. See why I loved this place at first sight? I spent a few hours trekking around up there, but you could easily make a day of it.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 1, Part 3: Lake Brienz

Take the train back on down, head into Interlaken, and cap off your day with a boat ride across Lake Brienz. Really, I wanted to check out if the lake was as gorgeous up close as it was from the top of the mountain. Spoiler alert: it may have been even prettier! Crossing the lake, we passed a castle (I was as surprised as you are!), many adorable ferry stations, and I finally arrived in Brienz with plenty of time to explore…or so I thought.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

At this point, the skies opened up, ending my explorations. I grabbed a quick bite to eat, took the train back to Interlaken (you can also take the ferry back if you prefer) and promptly passed out.

Honestly, looking back at that first day, I’m not sure how I fit it all in. I must have looked like a crazy person running around and trying to do so many things. Honestly though, I was just so in love with Switzerland’s beauty that I wanted to soak it in as much as possible.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 2, Part 1: Bern

It was a really good thing I soaked in all of the Swiss sunshine day 1, because day 2 it poured…for nearly the entire day. This dashed my hopes for frolicking outside in the beautiful Swiss sunshine. However, I did get to explore Bern, a fabulous little city that has covered sidewalks. Catch an early train to Bern so you have plenty of time to wander through the city. A couple options here: take yourself on your own Audio Tour of the city or even better, try a Food Tour through Bern!

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Check out the iconic clock, buy lots of chocolate, and find a little coffee shop to people watch. Also, make sure you wander a little outside of town to check out the cute little houses. They reminded me of something ripped straight from the pages of Harry Potter!

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 2, Part 2: Unterseen

I arrived back in Interlaken later in the afternoon, and decided to take a stroll through Unterseen, a neighboring little town. Check out the Swiss chalets, and pop into a hole in the wall spot for a delicious local dinner.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Day 3: Lucerne

On day 3, I had a train leaving from Zurich that evening, so I opted to spend the day exploring Lucerne, Switzerland. An easy train ride from Interlaken, Lucerne is home to the Chapel Bridge (aka my most favorite flowery bridge I’ve ever seen). Lucerne is the perfect spot to spend a day, and an awesome little city for a 2 hour walking tour.

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Other options in Lucerne include heading up to Mt. Pilatius in a cable car, exploring the glacier world of Mt. Titlis, or cruising Lake Lucerne (on a yacht!)

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3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

After a whirlwind tour of Lucerne, hop back on the train to Zurich to catch your train or flight out. My next stop was Vienna. If you’re curious about top attractions in Vienna, check out my City Guide. I have to say –- 3 days in Switzerland is not enough, and I know I’ll be back again one day to continue exploring all the beauty this country has to offer!

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

Logistics

Cheap flights: I’d recommend searching through eDreams.net. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and feature special flight deals.

Hotel Deals: My top choice is probably Priceline.com —I’ve found some insanely cheap (beautiful) hotels. Other sites I check are Expedia.com  and the Hilton (for points). If you’re looking to avoid hotels and go the hostel route, I recommend checking out Hostelworld. I personally went the hostel route in Interlaken (Balmer’s Hostel) and had an awesome time there!

Rental cars: My itinerary is easily accomplished by trains. However, if you have more than 3 days in Switzerland and want to explore the countryside, you might want a rental car. Depending on where you’re going, definitely shop around. I usually check out Priceline.com (again, I know, I love them!), CarRentals.com , and Sixt . Sixt offers some awesome deals on premium and luxury rentals!

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

I hope this guide to the perfect 3 days in Switzerland has convinced you that Switzerland is the most beautiful country ever. It really is just that gorgeous in person!  Tell me—have you visited Switzerland before…what were your favorite activities there? If not, what is your favorite beautiful country? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

3 Days in Switzerland: Interlaken, Bern, Unterseen, Lucerne, Schyinge Platte

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35 thoughts on “3 Days in Switzerland: Your Perfect Itinerary

  1. Vrithi Pushkar says:

    Your pictures are just beautiful! Thank you for sharing this informative post. I am planning a trip to Switzerland next year and this is going to be helpful.

  2. annalise321 says:

    Sadly all I’ve seen of Switzerland is the airport on a connecting flight but I have a few Swiss friends that I would love to go and visit one day because it is such a beautiful country – I don’t think there are many countries that can top it!

  3. ispyprettyplaces says:

    Bern has been on my list for years. I can see what you mean by it being such a beautiful country!

  4. At Lifestyle Crossroads says:

    These landscapes are so unique! I´ve been to Switzerland twice (both in Dec though) and haven´t done paragliding over the Alps yet. Looks like once in a lifetime experience! Bern and Unterseen are still on my bucket list! Pinned #feetdotravel

  5. Barry says:

    I’ve only briefly stopped at Switzerland but always wanted to go back. Would love to check out some of the places you mentioned here, all of them would suit my travel stile. Nice to see your using a Sony A6000 too!

  6. Lisa (Simple Sojourner) says:

    Everything is beautiful there, just amazing! Switzerland has always been in the top 5 places to visit for me, so hopefully I ‘ll get to see these beautiful pictures in person. Walk the streets and hike some of those mountain areas.

  7. Travel Lexx says:

    Wow you have fit so much into your three days! I love Switzerland – it’s such a beautiful country, like a living postcard! Love the look of Bern and Lucerne as well as the stunning mountains you’ve explored. Lake Brienz looks great too!

  8. Summmer says:

    Hi,
    I just have a question. I am a single woman travelling and I don’t drive. So all these places can be visited through train and is it safe for a solo woman?

  9. siddharthandshruti says:

    This is a perfect itinerary and it includes paragliding! Love it. How much did you pay for Balmer’s hostel? Considering a few cheaper alternatives since Switzerland is on the pricey side.

  10. Kaitlyn Metzler says:

    Love this entire post! This has definitely been my guide as I plan my summer travel. Did you spend any time in Zurich? I’ve also been eyeing the Sony a6000 for about a year now. Did you purchase an additional lens for travel photography?

    • Maps and Merlot says:

      Oh good, that makes me so happy! As of this trip, I️ just used the normal lens, but I’ve definitely been considering getting another one for longer range shots. You can do a ton with the out of the box package though!

  11. Swetha says:

    Hi.. Planning 3-4 days trip to Switzerland in April, is it good to buy Swiss travel pass? and did all places mentioned above will be open in April?

    • Maps and Merlot says:

      It depends how much you will want to use the trains. I personally didn’t with my itinerary, but if you plan to do a lot more trains, it would be worth looking into.
      As far as whether everything will be open in April- the towns definitely will, but you’d need to check with the mountain, which would likely be weather dependent.

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