13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich
— 1 night
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
4
Zermatt
— 1 night
5
Kandersteg
— 1 night
6
Gstaad
— 2 nights

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, wander the streets of Niederdorf, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Schanzengraben Canal. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Capuchin Friary, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil, thensteep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zurich travel planning app.

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zurich. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Rapperswil
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Schloss Rapperswil ©
Schloss Rapperswil
Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden ©
Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 5th (Fri), stroll through Pilatus Luzern, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, thenappreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus and then get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Lucerne, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

3
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the next day, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, hike along Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Murren, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, North face Trail
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Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli ©
Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli

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night
Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Gornergrat and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt online day trip planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt by train takes about 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kandersteg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

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night
Kandersteg

Kandersteg ©
Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. On the 10th (Wed), get outside with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandersteg travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Kandersteg. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Gstaad.

Things to do in Kandersteg

Outdoors

Side Trip

Lotschberg Base Tunnel
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Lotschberg Base Tunnel ©
Lotschberg Base Tunnel

2
nights
Gstaad

Gstaad ©
Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. On the 11th (Thu), trek along Lake Lauenen - Geltenhutte SAC - Lauenensee, thencontemplate the long history of Historical village of Saanen, and then hit the slopes at Wispile. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Col du Pillon-Lake Retaud-Lake Arnen-Feutersoey, stroll through Col du Pillon - Glacier 3000 - Sanetsch - Gsteig, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lauenensee Loop Trail, thendon't miss a visit to Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile, and finally hike along Yehudi Menuhin's Philosophers Trail.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Gstaad online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandersteg to Gstaad by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gstaad

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Historical village of Saanen
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Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Eglise Saint Theodule ©
Eglise Saint Theodule

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