13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 1 night
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Zurich
— 1 night
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Rigi has been added to your itinerary. On the 6th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, ponder the design of Fontaine du Banneret, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lucerne route planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Lucerne is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In September, Lucerne is a bit cooler than Toronto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, then stop by The Mad Cow, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip tool.

Drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.
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Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen — 1 night

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip planning app.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Sunnegga, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally hike along 5 Lakes Walk.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 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.
On the 13th (Tue), 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: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then see the interesting displays at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, and finally get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Bern.
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Bern — 1 night

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 15th (Thu), admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Bern online trip maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bern, with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can take a train to Zurich.
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Zurich — 1 night

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planner.

Take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. You'll set off for home on the 17th (Sat).
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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.
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