12 days in Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights


Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

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 8th (Fri): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then make a trip to The Flower Clock.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary tool.

Montreal, Canada to Geneva is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Montreal to Geneva, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Montreal in July, Geneva is a bit cooler at night with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Langnau im Emmental.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Langnau im Emmental, Switzerland — 2 nights

Get outdoors at Strandbad Sursee and Lungernersee. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Langnau im Emmental: Affoltern im Emmental (Emmentaler Schaukaeserei & Trachselwald Castle), Spiezer Rundwanderweg (in Spiez) and Funks Ballonfahrten Firma erloschen! (in Wolfwil).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Langnau im Emmental vacation planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Langnau im Emmental in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July in Langnau im Emmental, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, stop by Niederdorf, and don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Langnau im Emmental to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Brussels.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
On the 16th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with Relax Divers Meise, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally take a stroll through Place St. Gery. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Etangs d'Ixelles, delve into the lush surroundings at Sonian Forest, examine the collection at Atomium, then contemplate the long history of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), and finally shop like a local with Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Brussels route planner.

Fly from Zurich to Brussels in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in July, you will find days in Brussels are a bit cooler (26°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Tours · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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.

Belgium travel guide

Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.