11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip maker

Make it your trip
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 1 night
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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), Lake Zurich, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne attractions website.

Denver, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Denver to Lucerne, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Denver in August, you will find days in Lucerne are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip maker site.

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally head outdoors with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip planning site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Riffelsee, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take in the views from Hangebrucke.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Zermatt travel planner.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Geneva

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva route builder website.

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.