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!
Day 1, Part 1: Paragliding
Wake up bright and early, because this is going to be a fun-filled day! Start off with paragliding 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.
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.
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?
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.
Day 1, Part 3: Lake Brienz
Take the train back on down, head into Interlaken, and cap off your day with a ferry ride across Lake Brienz (free with a Swiss Rail Pass!) 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Other options in Lucerne include heading up to Mt. Pilatius, exploring Rigi, or cruising Lake Lucerne. For a full step-by-step guide on what to do in this magical city (with pictures!), check out my Guide to Lucerne.
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!
Cheap flights: I’d recommend checking out Momondo. They scan tons of different travel discount sites and let you filter by cheapest, best, and shortest. Another good one to check out is eDreams.net —they often 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!
My Switzerland Essentials
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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