15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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

— 2 nights

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 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais, take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Geneva journey builder app.

New York City, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Geneva at 79°F and lows at 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, make a trip to Riffelsee, contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt journey builder website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm) and Thunersee (in Thun). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Bern trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip planning app.

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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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.