13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland attractions planner
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Zurich — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel route planning site.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Zurich. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 14th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip planning tool.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Side Trip

Bern — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): explore the activities along Thunersee, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Interlaken — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for gifts at The Mad Cow, and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in August, you will find days in Interlaken are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors
Side Trips

Geneva — 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Geneva online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Interlaken, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Geneva, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 16°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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.