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Switzerland Itinerary

Traveling Switzerland by rail gives you a front row seat to one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Its mountain ranges are ideal for skiing or hiking, and provide amazing backdrops to the cities.

If the scenery isn't enough, try the country's world-class products. Just think: Swiss cheese, Swiss chocolate, Swiss watches - they sure know how to improve the quality of life! Experience it all with a Global Pass where you can include Switzerland in your choice of 33 different countries.

Itinerary in short

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Eurail pass: Global Pass
  • Travel days: 5 days within 1 month

 

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, is an international business capital. With several identities – historical and traditional; young and cool; wealthy and cosmopolitan – it’s a city that appeals to all tastes. This is your chance to explore one of the most livable cities in the world!

 

 

Stroll along the Bahnhofstrasse, a world-class shopping boulevard, then visit Grossmünster church, a symbol of Swiss Reformation. The Old Town is a pedestrian zone with surprises all across its hidden alleyways. At night, enjoy the energetic nightlife.

Fraumunster Church and River Limmat, Zurich
You can get a 50% discount on boat rides around Lake Zurich with ZSG boat services – just show your Eurail Pass. If you have a 1st class Eurail Pass, you get FREE access to the SBB lounge in Zürich HB train station.

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  • Zurich, Switzerland

    Zürich HB

  • 0h 45m
  • Lucerne, Switzerland

    Luzern (Lucerne)

Lucerne (Luzern), Switzerland

A visit to Lucerne isn't complete without visiting the Chapel Bridge. Built in the 14th century, it's known as the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. The bridge runs past the Water Tower, which was originally part of the medieval city wall. These two structures form a key attraction, and a picturesque photo opportunity!

 

 

Another remnant of medieval times is the Musegg Wall. Three of its towers can be climbed for a panoramic view over Lucerne. Can’t get enough of the scenery? Then make your way up Mount Pilatus, a landmark steeped in legend. It was once thought that a dragon lived on the mountain.

wooden_bridge_in_lucerne
For 50% off a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne with SGV boat services, just show your Eurail Pass.

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1h50m

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  • Lucerne, Switzerland

    Luzern (Lucerne)

  • 1h 50m
  • Interlaken, Switzerland

    Interlaken Ost

Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is Switzerland’s (and perhaps Europe’s) adventure-sport mecca, where anything goes - from world-class snowboarding and skiing pistes, to paragliding and skydiving above the sparkling Brienz and Thun lakes, or plunging through white rapids aboard a raft.

 

 

The Jungfrau Railway chugs its way to the Jungfrau mountain, which towers dramatically over the town. Once you get there, you'll be rewarded with mind-blowing views of the mountain giants Jungfrau, Eiger, and Mönch. You'll get a discount on this private railway attraction with your Eurail Pass.

Breathtaking views at Interlaken
Show your Eurail Pass to get FREE boat rides around Lakes Brienz and Thun with BLS boat services

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0h52m

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  • Interlaken, Switzerland

    Interlaken Ost

  • 0h 52m
  • Bern, Switzerland

    Bern Hb

Bern (Berne), Switzerland

Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, will have you marveling at its beauty. It’s idyllic no matter what the season. In summer you can swim in the perfectly blue Aare River, and in winter you can go sledding at Gurten hill and enjoy views over Bern.

 

 

The layout of Bern’s medieval Old City has been preserved since its founding in 1191, and can easily be explored on foot. Check out the Zytglogge, the medieval astronomical clock tower. Also important is the Cathedral of Bern, which provides magnificent views over the city.

Aare River in Bern
The University of Bern is minutes away from the main train station. The park outside the entrance is the perfect spot to take in incredible views of Swiss mountain ranges.

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1h42m

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  • Bern, Switzerland

    Bern Hb

  • 1h 42m
  • Geneva, Switzerland

    Genève (Geneva)

Geneva (Genève), Switzerland

Geneva is a global city with both brains and beauty. It’s home to some of the brightest minds on earth, including those at the research organization CERN – the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The United Nations and International Red Cross are also stationed there. Guided tours are available at their offices and museums.

 

 

It’s hard to miss the Jet d’Eau, a large fountain that lies where Lake Geneva meets the Rhône River. Its stunning backdrop of the French and Swiss Alps is definitely photo-worthy. Nearby, the famous Flower Clock (L’horloge fleurie) is a living tribute to Switzerland’s watchmakers.

The Flower Clock (L’horloge fleurie), Geneva
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