17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: O'Coeur des Reves ... (in Vevey), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Geneva, use our trip itinerary maker.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Trapgame in Charrat, approximately Charrat away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Interlaken

— 5 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Meiringen (Aare Gorge & Reichenbach Falls), Thunersee (in Thun) and Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, indulge in some culinary diversions at Interlaken Walking Tours, get interesting insight from Skydive Interlaken, and test your problem-solving skills at Mystery Rooms.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Interlaken day trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lugano

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo) and Bellinzona (Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano & Castelli di Bellinzona). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, look for gifts at Inperfetta Vintage, and browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lugano travel planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in August, expect Lugano to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of Lucerne to go to Engelberg and see Titlis, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the local highlights with Free Walk Lucerne, make a trip to The Nine Towers, and get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lucerne route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect Lucerne to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich route planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Bernese Oberland travel guide

4.6
Mountains · Waterfalls · Parasailing & Paragliding
Surrounding Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Bernese Oberland embodies Swiss-style comfort with its richly decorated chalets. The region abounds with famous, family-friendly ski resorts; ski tours take you to pristine Alpine peaks offering skiing for all skill levels. Itineraries here can include ice climbing, ski sailing, and marvelling in the beauty of the Alps and mirroring lakes below. Find yourself at the top of the continent with a ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 m (11,332 ft) above sea level.