8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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8 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Detroit
Fly:  20​h
Chur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
Basel
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Detroit

2
days
Chur

Chur or Coire is the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. On the 9th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Heididorf, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then make a trip to Old Town Chur. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at Bündner Naturmuseum and then explore the activities along Caumasee.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Chur trip itinerary maker.

Detroit, USA to Chur is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Detroit to Chur, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Chur are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Chur

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Heididorf, Spas & Wellness, Caumasee
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Caumasee
Heididorf
Bündner Naturmuseum

3
days
Grindelwald

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Staubbach Fall and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aare Gorge and The Eiger Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Brienz (Lake Brienz & Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake and take in panoramic vistas at Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald custom trip planner.

Getting from Chur to Grindelwald by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Brienz, Aare Gorge, Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory
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Staubbach Fall
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Aare Gorge

1
day
Basel

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 14th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, see the interesting displays at Museum Tinguely, and then take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Basel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Fondation Beyeler
Museum Tinguely

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