16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  1​h
8
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Beyeler and FIFA World Football Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Grossmunster. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Zurich to be a bit cooler, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
FIFA World Football Museum ©
FIFA World Football Museum

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, take in the exciting artwork at OnArte, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Bellinzona using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bellinzona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Bellinzona, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

OnArte, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip builder .

Drive from Bellinzona to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Murrenbach Waterfalls, Jungfraujoch
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Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

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Bern

Bern ©
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 23rd (Tue): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gurten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, explore the activities along Thunersee, and then examine the collection at HR Giger Museum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bern road trip planning tool .

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Museum HR Giger, Thunersee
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Thunersee ©
Thunersee
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 25th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt route planner .

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 27th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, then get engrossed in the history at Musée de Montreux, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux holiday maker .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye

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Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, then explore the ancient world of Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, then take an in-depth tour of Maison Tavel, and finally see the interesting displays at MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, and then take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner .

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In June, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Maison Tavel ©
Maison Tavel

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