Location: Kloten

Day 1 - 15 Jul 2021

Zurich Airport

Kloten, Zurich Airport

Content: I took an overnight flight from Dubai to Zürich with a short layover in Amsterdam. I arrived at the Zürich Airport very early in the morning. The immigration clearance was pretty smooth and I was out in about 10 mins. Note: You need to be fully vaccinated to be eligible to enter Switzerland (preferably booster shot) Masks have to be worn at all times inside the Airport, stations and anywhere indoors.

Location: Zürich

Day 1 - 15 Jul 2021

Zurich HB

Zürich, Zurich HB

Content: I walked towards the train station (linked to the airport) ticket counter to get myself a ticket towards the Zürich Hauptbahnhof. There are ticket vending machines as well as counters. I wasn’t quite sure so decided to go to the counter instead. The ticket cost to the city centre was around CHF 10.50 Duration: Roughly about 35 mins

Friendly Hostel Zürich

Zürich, Friendly Hostel Zürich

Content: I walked to the hostel mainly because it was at a walkable distance for me but you can alternatively get on a tram if you have luggage. Tram single ticket fare: CHF 2.70 The hostel is well located having access to main city attractions. Dorm bed price: CHF 32 (prices may vary depending upon the season or weekend)

Lake Zurich

Zürich, Lake Zurich

Content: After checking in to the hostel and freshening up, I walked towards the Zürich Lake. It’s a peaceful walk to the lakeside promenade and you can also walk a little further to see the gardens around that area. If you’re visiting Zürich during summers then you can do couple activities such as boat tours, paddle boarding or just sit by the lake and watch the swans 🦢. Note: In mid July, I did experience light rains so it’s better to check the weather forecast for the day and take an umbrella, always.

Bahnhofstrasse

Zürich, Bahnhofstrasse
Zürich, Bahnhofstrasse

Content: I then walked towards Bahnhofstrasse which is Zürich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues. You find numerous boutiques, luxury brands and cafes/restaurants. It tends to get extremely busy on weekends so plan your visit accordingly.

Lindenhof

Zürich, Lindenhof
Zürich, Lindenhof

Content: And then I climbed up to Lindenhofplatz, a quiet hilltop park overlooking the city's charming old town. It’s a serene spot to sit down and enjoy the view.

Fraumünster

Zürich, Fraumünster
Zürich, Fraumünster

Content: After enjoying the views from the hilltop park, I descended and walked towards Zürich’s most prominent landmark, Fraumünster Church which is located on the West Bank of Limmat river.

Grossmünster

Zürich, Grossmünster
Zürich, Grossmünster

Content: Then I crossed the bridge to go to the other side to visit Grossmünster Church which is a monastic church with medieval architecture.

Niederdorf

Zürich, Niederdorf

Content: After the church visit, I ended up in Niederdorf - Popular Promenade in Zurich's Old Town Niederdorf offers interesting sights, culinary delights and shopping in Zurich's old town. In the evening, Niederdorf changes into a nightlife district with its bars and street artists.

Swiss National Museum

Zürich, Swiss National Museum

Content: If you’re curious about the Swiss culture and history then head to the national museum where the biggest collection of historical artefacts awaits.

Zürich Opera House

Zürich, Zürich Opera House

Content: Visited the famous performance hall which was built in the late 19th century. It hosts frequent dramatic and musical events. For inside tour, bookings have to be made well in advance. After this, I just strolled around the city for the rest of the day and went back to my hostel to rest.

Location: Zürich

Day 2 - 16 Jul 2021

Uetliberg

Zürich, Uetliberg
Zürich, Uetliberg
Zürich, Uetliberg
Zürich, Uetliberg

Content: I decided to hike up to Uetliberg from the city centre. Uetliberg is Zürich's viewpoint from where you get a panoramic view of the city and the lake. Alternatively, you can take a train from the Zürich main station which is a 30 minutes ride and then begin your hike from there. Train fare: CHF 2.70 (one way) Hike duration from the city centre: 2h 10 mins Hike duration from the last train stop: 20-25 mins There are different trails leading to the top and is a fairly easy hike although it may get a little slippery (if it has rained). Once you get to the top, there is an observation tower which you can climb up for extra elevation and spectacular views. Fee for the observation tower: CHF 2 There’s a lovely restaurant just next to the observation tower where you can have your lunch with an amazing view of the city. Do check the weather conditions before hiking up to Uetliberg because a layer of fog tends to cover the city and you wouldn’t be able to see much from the top.

Zürich

Zürich, Zürich
Zürich, Zürich
Zürich, Zürich

Content: After the hike, I took the train back to the city centre and strolled around for a bit.

Location: Kilchberg

Day 2 - 16 Jul 2021

Lindt Home of Chocolate

Kilchberg, Lindt Home of Chocolate

Content: And then to reward myself, I decided to go to Lindt Home of Chocolate. It has the biggest Lindt Chocolate Shop and a spectacular chocolate fountain. They also have an interactive chocolate tour about the Swiss cultural heritage of chocolate and chocolate making courses. This place is high in demand, so book your ticket online in advance. After an eventful day, I went back to my hostel to get some rest.

Location: Zürich

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Zurich HB

Zürich, Zurich HB

Content: Took an early train to my next destination - Lucerne. Train fare: CHF 15-18 Duration: 43 minutes

Location: Lucerne

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Lucerne Train Station

Lucerne, Lucerne Train Station

Content: Arrived at the Lucerne train station. The city is well known for its stunning medieval architecture and its stunning location on the edge of Lake Lucerne amid snow capped mountains.

Location: Luzern

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Young Backpackers Homestay

Luzern, Young Backpackers Homestay
Luzern, Young Backpackers Homestay

Content: My hostel was approximately 2.2 kms away from the train station. You can alternatively take a bus which drops you off just 210 m away from the hostel. Although a lil bit of an uphill walk but the hostel was well located with views of the city and the Mount Pilatus. Decently priced and a well managed place. Price per night: CHF 26 (may vary depending on the season)

Location: Lucerne

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Lucerne

Lucerne, Lucerne
Lucerne, Lucerne
Lucerne, Lucerne
Lucerne, Lucerne

Content: After checking in to the hostel and freshening up, I walked downhill to explore the city of Lucerne. The weather did hold me back a little as it was around the time when the Europe had a crazy storm coming through. I strolled around the Old Town for over 2 hours admiring the beautiful painted facades, oriel windows of the medieval buildings and cobbled streets. This part of the city has a lot of boutique stores, cafes and restaurants. You will also find all the famous Swiss products here such as watches, army knives, chocolates and souvenirs.

Location: Luzern

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Chapel Bridge

Luzern, Chapel Bridge
Luzern, Chapel Bridge

Content: One of the most popular things to see in Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke). Built in 1333, this medieval wooden footbridge crosses the Reuss River linking the Old Town with the right bank. (Unfortunately this was closed when I had visited)

Lion Monument

Luzern, Lion Monument

Content: The Lion monument is just a 5 minute walk from the chapel bridge. It’s basically a lion carved in a stone. The dying Lion of Lucerne is a powerful memorial that pays homage to the Swiss guards that died defending the Tuileries in Paris in 1792. This area can get crowded with tourists so plan your visit accordingly.

Location: Lucerne

Day 3 - 17 Jul 2021

Lake Lucerne

Lucerne, Lake Lucerne
Lucerne, Lake Lucerne

Content: And then I walked towards fourth largest lake of Switzerland which is in the center of the country. The lake is unusual because it has a very irregular shape with many bends and turns and four arms. The shores of Lake Lucerne are partly formed by steep mountains like the Rigi and Pilatus. If the weather is favorable, you can take a short boat trip around the lake.

Lucerne

Lucerne, Lucerne

Content: As mentioned previously, the pandemic situation and weather was just not in my favour to explore more of Lucerne. There are couple more things to see in Lucerne such as Spreuer Bridge, Glaciar garden, Swiss transport museum, hike up to Mount Rigi or Titlis. I walked back to my hostel in the afternoon and called it a day!

Location: Alpnach

Day 4 - 18 Jul 2021

Mount Pilatus

Alpnach, Mount Pilatus
Alpnach, Mount Pilatus
Alpnach, Mount Pilatus
Alpnach, Mount Pilatus
Alpnach, Mount Pilatus
Alpnach, Mount Pilatus

Content: Woke up quite early to hike to the Mount Pilatus. After a big breakfast, I packed some protein bars and fruits for the hike and also a lot of water (you can refill water in a lot of places, just in case you run out) There are so many different trails to choose from so whatever seems doable to you based on your fitness level, you can pick the trail accordingly (the best part is, you can always take a funicular ride midway if you think it’s too long and you won’t be able to make it) Hike starting point: Kriens Level: Moderate Distance: 14 Kms The hike took me about 5h 45 mins and the duration may vary from trail to trail and obviously your fitness level. I took quite a lot of breaks for taking pictures, fueling myself and refilling water bottle. The first half leads mainly through a forest, that protects you from hot summer sunshine and then you reach pasture and you get a fine view of the Alps and the Lucerne Lake. If you’re lucky then you’ll see cows grazing around. This particular trail which I had taken had a continuous 1h ascent and the trail was slippery due to rainfall the day before. After a long and strenuous hike, I made it to the top and the views were just rewarding. If you’re hungry or want to freshen up, there is a restaurant and toilets. There’s also a small store with merchandise of Mount Pilatus. Note: Before starting the hike, check if the weather is all clear. Wear the right shoes because you can’t afford to get injured. Stay hydrated and carry protein bars and fruits to fuel yourself. It could get a lil cold up there so carry a light jacket.

Location: Kriens

Day 4 - 18 Jul 2021

Kriens

Kriens, Kriens

Content: I took the Funicular back to Kriens and I suggest you do the same because you’d be exhausted and won’t have energy to go back down on foot. Price for the Funicular without Half fare card - CHF 36 After the hike, I walked back to my hostel. If you feel more enthusiastic then you can roam around the town but I was exhausted and definitely needed some well deserved rest.

Location: Interlaken

Day 5 - 19 Jul 2021

Interlaken Ost

Interlaken, Interlaken Ost
Interlaken, Interlaken Ost

Content: I arrived at Interlaken quite early in the morning from Lucerne. The 2-hour ride from Lucerne to Interlaken is so enthralling that you would never want it to come to an end. It is one of the most exhilarating scenery that you will ever see. The journey takes you through steep alpine landscapes across the Brünig Pass that links Central Switzerland with the Bernese Oberland. Train Fare: CHF 29

Happy Inn Lodge

Interlaken, Happy Inn Lodge
Interlaken, Happy Inn Lodge

Content: Upon arrival at Interlaken Ost station, I walked towards my hostel which is located in the town centre. It was a 20 minute walk but if you have luggage then you can take the bus. This hostel was the cheapest in the town and fairly good. Dorm bed price: CHF 29 I quickly put my backpack in the locker and stepped out to explore.

Location: Unterseen

Day 5 - 19 Jul 2021

Harder Kulm

Unterseen, Harder Kulm
Unterseen, Harder Kulm
Unterseen, Harder Kulm
Unterseen, Harder Kulm
Unterseen, Harder Kulm
Unterseen, Harder Kulm

Content: I hiked up to the Interlaken viewpoint - Harder Kulm, where you get a panoramic view of the town, Lake Brienz and Thun and the majestic mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Hike duration: 2h 20 mins Distance: 4 km (one way) Level: Easy to moderate depending upon the trail you’ve chosen

Location: Interlaken

Day 5 - 19 Jul 2021

Interlaken

Interlaken, Interlaken

Content: After spending some time at the top, I took the funicular train back to the town. Train Fare: 20 CHF Tip: Request for a guest card so you can get a discount on the ride.

Höhematte

Interlaken, Höhematte
Interlaken, Höhematte
Interlaken, Höhematte
Interlaken, Höhematte
Interlaken, Höhematte

Content: I then walked alongside the Höhematte park and enjoyed the stunning views of the Swiss Alps. There are bunch of things to do around this area such as: ✧ Paraglide through the Swiss skies. Price ranges from 160-180 CHF ✧ Ride through Interlaken in a horse carriage Price for a 30 mins ride: CHF 60 ✧ Kayak through turquoise colored lakes ✧ Visit the Interlaken Monastery and Castle ✧ Explore the beautiful Bernese Oberland region on two wheels. E- Bike for 2h: 28 CHF ✧ Chocolate lovers please do not skip the chocolate factory, they are one of the best producers of chocolate in the world. ✧ Play at the Casino ✧ If you still have some time to spare then please don’t go back to your hotel/hostel just yet because sunset by the lake is just the perfect ending to your day 😊

Location: Lauterbrunnen

Day 6 - 20 Jul 2021

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen

Content: I took an early train to Lauterbrunnen Valley from Interlaken. It’s a short little train ride from the buzzing town to a quaint village and you’ll see the transition of landscape. Train fare: CHF 10 Duration: 20-25 mins

Valley Hostel

Lauterbrunnen, Valley Hostel
Lauterbrunnen, Valley Hostel

Content: I chose to stay at valley hostel because it was the most affordable place to stay at and well located just 400 m away from the train station. Price for a bed in the dorm: CHF 30 Breakfast is available upon request for CHF 8 Laundry facilities: CHF 5 If you want to check out and explore the village, you can store your luggage in the luggage room for free.

Coop Supermarkt Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Coop Supermarkt Lauterbrunnen

Content: After a quick check-in and freshening up, I walked to the Coop Supermarket (just opposite train station) to grab some ready to eat breakfast and drinks. There are quite a few places to eat however eating outside may get a lil expensive and there are just handful restaurants to choose from. Price per meal(if eating out): CHF 13-20

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen

Content: After a satisfying breakfast, I began exploring the valley. The village is tucked into a U-shaped valley at the base of the Swiss Alps. The valley has jaw-dropping views of the world-famous Swiss Alps, surrounded by roaring waterfalls (nearly 72 of them) and is a paradise for hikers like me.

Staubbach Falls

Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls
Lauterbrunnen, Staubbach Falls

Content: I proceeded towards the main waterfall out of all 72 waterfalls in the Lauterbrunen valley. It's quite high and has magnificent views from up there. There's a pathway to reach behind the waterfall, where you get to see the water flowing infront of you. The climb is not too hard but is an uphill ascent and slippery in some parts due to the spray. It takes roughly about 45-55 mins to go up and back. Note: Wear waterproof hiking shoes

Trümmelbach

Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach
Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbach

Content: After the first waterfall, I walked towards the second waterfall which easily takes about 35-40 mins to get there. This was a unique waterfall and quite impressive. A funicular built into the mountain takes you to the higher level where you can clone through the caves to see the spectacular waterfall. You can then walk down to the entrance where you will see more waterfalls which are constantly wearing away the solid rock. It is slightly cold inside and you will get wet from the spray. Wear sensible footwear as the ground can be slippery. Note: It does tend to get crowded during peak seasons so plan your trip to the falls accordingly. Carry light jacket as it gets cold (yes, even in summers) Entry fee: CHF 12

Wengen

Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
Lauterbrunnen, Wengen

Content: After an impressive visit to the waterfalls, I began my hike towards the Wengen village. It is a car-free alpine village in the Bernese Alps and a perfect base to explore the Jungfrau region. The village can be reached by cogwheel train from Lauterbrunnen or by hiking. Hike duration: 2.5 h (one way) Train fare: CHF 7 (one way) The village offers panoramic views of the Lauterbrunnen valley and Swiss mountains like the Jungfrau, Breithorn and Schilthorn. In winters, you can opt for Skiing or Snowboarding.

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen

Content: After the hike to Wengen, I returned to Lauterbrunnen just in time to grab some lunch from the supermarket. After quick lunch, I just roamed around the central part of the village. There are handful shops where you can get some local goods or souvenirs for your close ones back home. I went back to the hostel as I was knackered from a pretty fun-filled day with a lot of impressive views and walking.

Mürren

Lauterbrunnen, Mürren

Content: If you still have some energy left then you can take the cable car to Mürren and spend a lovely evening there gazing at the mighty mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. Mürren is an isolated village high up above the Lauterbrunnen valley and is accessible only by a cable car. You have to take a bus to Stechelberg and then take the cable car from there to Mürren. You can return via the same route or take the train back to Lauterbrunnen. Cable car fare: CHF 12 (one way)

Location: Lauterbrunnen

Day 7 - 21 Jul 2021

Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen

Content: It was time to pack and leave this picturesque valley. After breakfast, I checked out and went straight to the railway station. I took the train to Zurich Airport from Lauterbrunnen. There are 2 changes (one at Interlaken and the second one at Bern) Train fare (varies as per season): CHF 72 Duration: 2h 50 mins

Location: Kloten

Day 7 - 21 Jul 2021

Zurich Airport

Kloten, Zurich Airport

Content: I arrived at the Zürich airport just in time for my flight out of Zürich. It was hard to convince myself that I have to leave this beautiful country which has so much to offer. Definitely worth the visit! Hope this itinerary helps you plan your trip to Switzerland 😊