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How to Spend 3 Days in the Swiss Alps

How to Spend 3 Days in the Swiss Alps

Three days in the Swiss Alps are just enough time to take in the highlights of this scenic part of Europe. Interlaken and Lucerne make convenient basecamps from which you can hike or ski, savor the views from some of Europe’s highest peaks, and enjoy an epic train ride through the mountains. Here’s how to do it.

Day 1: Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus

Against a backdrop of lush valleys, snowcapped peaks, and glittering lakes, Lucerne is an ideal starting point for your Swiss Alps explorations. Head out on the popular Golden Round Trip, which includes a boat cruise, a ride on Europe’s steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt. Pilatus, and a cable car ride back down. Then, spend the evening strolling around the atmospheric Old Town before dining on a traditional cheese fondue at one of the lakeside restaurants.

Day 2: The GoldenPass Panoramic

Running all the way from Lucerne to Montreux, the GoldenPass Panoramic is considered one of Switzerland’s most beautiful train journeys. With limited time, opt to ride the short section between Lucerne and Interlaken—a route full of photo ops as the train climbs over the Brünig Pass, offering views over Lake Lungern, Lake Brienz, and the Bernese Alps.

After you arrive in Interlaken, spend the rest of the day outdoors. A boat cruise across Lake Brienz or Lake Thun is a must, but you’ll also find ample opportunities for hiking, skiing, and water sports. Adrenaline junkies can even try their hand at skydiving or paragliding.  

Day 3: Europe’s highest railway

On your final day, take a voyage to the “Top of Europe”—the 11,332-foot (3,454-meter) summit of Jungfrau mountain, where an observatory affords panoramic views over the Aletsch Glacier as well as the French and German Alps. Getting to the Jungfrau involves taking multiple trains, so book a day trip from Interlaken to ensure a hassle-free experience. Look for a tour that includes entrance to the Sphinx Observatory and stops in mountain towns such as Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen along the way. 

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Interlaken

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Enhance your experience of Jungfrau’s Alpine majesty on an exhilarating full-day excursion from Interlaken to the Top of Europe. Travel to Grindelwald and board a cogwheel train up the Jungfraujoch pass and arrive at Europe’s highest railway station, known as the 'Top of Europe'. Absorb magnificent panoramas of snow-capped Alpine spires; gaze at the jagged peak of Europe’s largest glacier; and explore a fairytale ice palace while enjoying illuminating commentary from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

Tandem Paragliding Experience from Interlaken

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Paraglide above the Swiss Alp peaks on a tandem flight with transport from Interlaken. At the launch spot in Beatenberg, listen to a safety talk with a small group of no more than 10 people, and then take off with a guide. Gaze down at Lake Thun and the snowy summits of the Jungfrau as you soar above the alpine landscape; the views are as breathtaking as the flight.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour

Mt Pilatus Experience Self-Guided Tour

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Ascend Mt. Pilatus in an alpine gondola during this trip from Lucerne. Board at the valley station in Kriens, marvel at the panoramic views over the pre-alpine landscape to Fräkmüntegg. Transfer to the 'Dragon Ride' aerial cableway for another short ride, ending up at 7,000 feet (2,132 meters) above sea level for epic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps. Descend via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, passing lush meadows, mountain streams and sheer rock faces on the way to your destination at Alpnachstad.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken

Helicopter Skydiving in Interlaken

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Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks including the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau, Interlaken is a thrill-seeker’s dream destination. On this tour, take to the skies by helicopter with round-trip travel from your Interlaken hotel included, and experience the buzz of sky-diving in the foothills of the Swiss Alps. Soar to 14,000 feet (4,267 meters) above sea level and leap into the clear, blue yonder in tandem with your instructor.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Luzern

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Delve deep into the Swiss countryside and admire the spectacular mountain scenery on this private Mt Pilatus tour from Lucerne. Hop aboard your boat on Lake Lucerne with a private guide and enjoy a relaxing 1-hour cruise on the tranquil waters. Admire panoramic views over the shoreline and peaks on route to Alpnachstad. Then, take the steep cog-wheel railway to the summit of Mt Pilatus at a dizzying 6,981 feet (2,128 meters) above sea level. After free time at the top, descend through Fräkmüntegg and Kriens then return to Lucerne.
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  • 7 hours
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Luzern

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Private Tour from Luzern

Leave the busy city of Lucerne behind, and go on an adventure in the mountains on this private, 10-hour tour of Jungfraujoch. Travel by train most of the day, and see Staubbach Falls, the Swiss Alpine village of Wengen, and views of the Bernese Alps and the Black Forest. With stops at Sphinx Observatory, Jungfrau ice caves, and Snow Fun Park, it’s a jam-packed day of excitement with all of your transportation and entrance fees included.
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  • 12 hours
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Jetboat Scenic Ride in Interlaken

Jetboat Scenic Ride in Interlaken

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Surrounded by picturesque fishing villages and mountain peaks, Lake Brienz is a beautiful natural attraction—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, hit Lake Brienz by powerful jet-boat and cross the water swiftly. Hit top attractions including Iseltwald and the Giessbach falls as your guide sheds light on the region’s history, and enjoy panoramic views over the peak of Mt. Niesen.
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Interlaken City Tour plus Harder Mountain (Top of Interlaken) Private Tour

Interlaken City Tour plus Harder Mountain (Top of Interlaken) Private Tour

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Discover the best of the Swiss alpine scenery from the city on this private tour of Interlaken. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Aare River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Interlaken’s historic heart in the Höhenmatte, travel by public bus away from the tourist trail, or take the cable car to 4,337 feet (1,322 meters) above sea level for beautiful views over the surrounding peaks to shimmering Lake Thun.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Tour from Interlaken

Private Swiss Cheese and Chocolate Tour from Interlaken

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If you want to discover the best Swiss chocolate and cheese without straying too far from Interlaken, this hassle-free day trip is the answer. With a guide, you’ll travel to the village of Gruyères for a picnic of traditional Swiss bites, than take a tour of a cheese makers where the village’s namesake cheese is produced. Sample and learn about chocolate at Maison Cailler Chocolaterie, and enjoy free time in the UNESCO-listed Swiss capital of Bern.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Lucerne by Night Photo Tour

Lucerne by Night Photo Tour

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Capture the beauty of Lucerne in the evening during this 2.5-hour private photo tour. Discover landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Old Town Lucerne and learn to master the basic techniques of night photography with your guide. This tour is a great opportunity to discover the picturesque lakeside village of Lucerne and capture beautiful memories of your trip to enjoy for years to come.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Interlaken Cruise Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, 2nd class

Interlaken Cruise Day Pass on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, 2nd class

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Visit Lake Thun and Lake Brienz on this hop-on hop-off day cruise from Interlaken. Simply choose your preferred date, then take a cruise to discover the lake’s sights at your own pace. Perhaps check out the castles around the lake or simply sit back and soak in the views of the Bernese Oberland mountains. How you spend your day is up to you.
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