15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Lucerne
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Boise

6
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken), The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Interlaken (Schlosskirche, Harderkulm, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online trip maker .

Boise, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Boise to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boise in September, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Huggler Holzbildhauerei, Astrid-Kapelle
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, and finally admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bellinzona day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bellinzona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona ©
Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona

2
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, then examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church. On the next day, head outdoors with Appenzeller Badi and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Eggen-Hohenweg.

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Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Appenzell takes 3 hours. When traveling from Bellinzona in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Appenzell, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Eggen-Hohenweg, Santis der Berg
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zurich online attractions planner .

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Stadtkirche
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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