I am trying to get these travel round-ups to you while I am actually still here so I can make sure not to forget anything! If you haven’t already, make sure to read my Italy itinerary HERE, which was the first few days of my European adventure!
Italy was beautiful, but Switzerland has my heart! Each city is so unique and different and I have loved every one of them so far!
This post will hopefully help if you are currently trying to plan a Switzerland itinerary, or you think you may want to head here in the future!
We both had never been to Switzerland, so our itinerary is jam packed so that we can see everything in a short amount of time. Later on, we can come back and spend more time in our favorite cities! When I say jam packed, I mean a different city each day!
Switzerland Itinerary- Days 1-3
Day 1: Zurich
My travel look for the train ride to Zurich. This grey skirt is sooo comfy and was perfect for sleeping on the plane. I grabbed this cognac crossbody for the trip and absolutely love it & this white tank IS A MUST! Like buy 10 of them asap!!
Wore this comfy ensemble while touring Zurich. I am so in love with this green utility vest. It fits true to size (if in between sizes order down)! I am wearing an XS.
Zurich is insanely beautiful. I love that they typically build towns around rivers in Switzerland! It was a very clean-feeling city and I loved seeing all of the differences in the Swiss architecture. You can get everywhere by using their buses or trains, and this is the go-to method of traveling for people living in Zurich. I wish Dallas would adopt this way of life. I keep thinking how amazing it would be to be able to hop on a train from Dallas and get to Austin in an hour!
We arrived in Zurich on Sunday after a three hour train ride through the Alps and walked around and did a little sight-seeing. We quickly noticed that all of the shops were closed. We figured it was because it was a Sunday and that we would just have to do our shopping the next morning. Well, the next morning came and all of the restaurants AND shops were closed. We quickly found out that is was due to Whit Sunday (Pentecost) and Whit Monday. So bummed, but still got to see everything we wanted to in Zurich. We didn’t come to Europe to go shopping anyway (we have enough of that in Dallas!)
On Sunday we had lunch at Zeughauskeller, which was recommended to us by a friend from Geneva. It used to be an armory way back in 1487! How crazy is that?! It was delicious and definitely worth a visit!
That night we had dinner at Noni (located at 25 Hour Hotel) and it too was delicious. You could pay a set price to basically taste the entire menu (which we did of course!) Then we went to the hotel bar, Cinchona, and I had the best highballer I have ever tasted. If you go, definitely try the one with the rosè! It has a super cool vibe and atmosphere as well! I wanted to go back the next night but we got back in from Lucerne too late.
We stayed at the Central Plaza Hotel in Zurich. Highly recommend it! Super nice staff who all spoke English. Two restaurants in the hotel and really nice rooms!
Day 2: Lucerne
I actually wore this outfit in Zurich in the morning before we hopped the train to Lucerne. We were hoping to grab some food and do a little shopping but soon found out that everything was closed because of a holiday! The pants are extremely comfy and trendy (you’ll be seeing a lot more of these when I get back to US)! Make sure to grab this tote if you haven’t already! Black on one side and cognac on the other! Love a good reversible tote for under $50!
Ah Lucerne, you were so beautiful, but this cappuccino not so much :/! I was perfectly cozy in this striped tie knot tee (comes in 4 colors)! I have also been carrying this super trendy backpack around everywhere- perfect for traveling!
In the morning we walked around for an hour trying to find a cafe open to no avail, so we just went ahead and got a train ticket and headed in to Lucerne. It was an hour train ride ($54 round trip) and surprisingly all of the lunch spots were open there by then!
Lucerne is definitely worth a day trip if you are in the area. So beautiful and I loved all of the ancient bridges you could walk across. At one point there were swans swimming around an old wooden bridge and I wondered if I was actually dreaming.
Mallory and I had German food for lunch (raclette and rosti to be exact), drinks by the river all afternoon while reading, and some tasty Italian for dinner. Basically all we have done so far in Switzerland is walk around, drink, and eat. Andy why not?! Oh, and take naps!
Day 3: Bern
Don’t mind my hair here… very rainy morning! I wore the cutest floral ruffle top to go see the Bern bears! It fits true to size. I also recommend everyone grab these pumps. They are Chanel dupes for a fraction of the price!
Had to throw my hair up due to the rain. We had a few breaks and managed to snap this photo on our way to the rose garden. I really wish you could have seen more of this beautiful background! Hopefully you did on my Instagram Stories! This off-the-shoulder top fits true to size and also comes in a really pretty gingham print!
Bern is definitely my favorite city in Switzerland so far. It has been raining on and off here since we landed, but it makes the city look even more medieval. I only wish I had brought heavier clothes. When I looked at the radar before coming the lows were only supposed to be around 66F! The rain definitely brought in the cold weather.
We had Thai food at a place called Mekong for lunch. I found it on google and it had amazing reviews. It was actually really good! There were only about 5 things on the menu to choose from but both of our meals were delicious. I had the sweet and sour chicken and Mallory had the yellow curry. Apparently it is really popular for to-go orders. Did you know that you have to pay extra $ to actually sit in the restaurant and eat in Europe?! Both of our meals were $2-3 more than take-out just so we could sit inside and eat. Crazy prospect to me!
We then walked to see the Bern bears, who were so cute! I just wish they had a bigger area to roam around in :/. Seems like such a stuffy and small place to have to live in their entire lives! It started pouring then so we walked into the brewery at the Bärenpark (Bear park). Super cute place with great beer! Definitely stop in when you go to see the bears!
After the bears we walked to see some clock towers, churches, and the Parliament building. All so insanely beautiful. I was actually trying to get a photo in front of the parliament building when I was attacked by fountains. If you have been you know exactly what I am talking about! I was soaked haha!
Bern has so much character! We had a drink and then walked to the Rosengarten (Rose Garden). I definitely wouldn’t have worn sandals had I known it was directly uphill! It was very beautiful though and definitely worth the hike. I would recommend carving out some time to walk the park and sit in the restaurant to have a coffee or drink. You have an unbelievable view of Bern while you are up there. Simply breathtaking. You can see it on my Instagram Stories if you hurry!
For dinner we ate at Chez Eddy, which has fresh mussels every day from Holland. Mallory and I had the mussels for two, which includes bread, a bottle of wine, your choice of a mussels dish-out of around 15 choices, and a coffee. Most Europeans drink coffee after their meal. Not completely foreign to us in the US, but not seen very often. We had the mussels with shrimp and noodles and it is our favorite meal so far during this trip!
I am currently about to head to bed, because in the morning we head to Lausanne (wine country)!
Tips for Switzerland:
-Check religious holidays. I would do this before you even book!
-Be prepared for meals to be fairly expensive (around $30 for the entree nearly everywhere.)
-Generally most shops are closed on Sunday. Be prepared for this. Shops close around 7 during the week!
-Bring warm clothes (even if the weather says it is going to be hot!)
-Wear comfy shoes! There are cobblestones everywhere.
-Avoid coffee at a super touristy shop/spot. Gross!
-Make sure to check train schedules for latest departure so you don’t get stuck in a city overnight (we almost missed our last train back to Zurich from Lucerne!)
-Hotels are fairly smaller here. You may want to call the hotel to make special arrangements if you are getting in at a weird time. Our hotel closed around 7pm.
-Try finding hotels near the train station (walking distance.)
If you have any detailed questions, please leave a comment and I can answer them for you!