17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland tour planner

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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chur
— 1 night
Drive
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Lugano
— 1 night
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Drive to Laveno, Ferry to Verbania,Intra, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Lausanne
— 1 night
Drive to Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport

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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.
On the 27th (Sat), 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 next day: see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva day trip tool.

Washington, USA to Geneva is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Geneva, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Geneva, with lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Thun.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Thun

— 2 nights
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, make a trip to The Central Church Of Thun, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Thun road trip app.

Getting from Geneva to Thun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Thun, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Thun

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen

— 1 night
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and then head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A..

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Thun to Lauterbrunnen in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.
On the 1st (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip builder app.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Mt Pilatus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Lucerne sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 4th (Sun), wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take in panoramic vistas at Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chur.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chur

— 1 night
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours Switzerland, make a trip to Bad RagARTz, and then wander the streets of Old Town Chur.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Chur road trip planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Chur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Chur

Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lugano

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally stroll around Parco Ciani.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip planner.

You can drive from Chur to Lugano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Lugano are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 8th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Riffelsee.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Zermatt travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Adventure · Tours

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally savor the flavors at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montreux attractions planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Montreux

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lausanne

— 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), admire the landmark architecture of Palais de Justice de Montbenon, and then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne holiday planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites

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.