17 days in Switzerland, Arcen & Rust Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Arcen & Rust Itinerary

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Arcen, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Rust, Germany
— 3 nights
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Arcen, The Netherlands — 1 night

Arcen is a village in the Dutch province of Limburg. On the 25th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Kasteeltuinen Arcen, wander the streets of Venlo binnenstad, and then make a trip to Stadhuis Venlo.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Arcen journey app.

Hoofddorp to Arcen is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 27th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wyden Badi, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Arcen to Zurich takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some historical perspective at Hallwyl Castle and Hofkirche. You'll explore and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Glasi Hergiswil. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, kick back and relax at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, and stroll through Seebad Eich.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online trip builder.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 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.
Popular historic sites such as Kleine Scheidegg and Oberhofen Castle are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and The Eiger. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to Grindelwald-First in Grindelwald--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 6th (Sat), admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, then explore the activities along Thunersee, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bern, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Rust.
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Rust, Germany — 3 nights

Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
On the 8th (Mon), play a few rounds at Golfpark Breisgau, then identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen, and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schlossberg, contemplate the long history of Freiburger Münster, then contemplate the waterfront views at Bachle, and finally make a trip to Munsterplatz.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rust online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Rust takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Rust are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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