9 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  4​h
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
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Amsterdam, Holland
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. John, hit the slopes at Sportbahnen Atzmannig, examine the collection at Museum fur Gestaltung Zurich: AU60, then pause for some photo ops at James Joyce's Grave, then look for gifts at Confiserie Teuscher, and finally don't miss a visit to Sechselautenplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Muri Abbey, then explore the historical opulence of Castle Kyburg, and then examine the collection at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Winterthur, Sportbahnen Atzmannig, Muri Abbey, Parish Church of St. John
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Wasserkirche ©
Wasserkirche
Muri Abbey ©
Muri Abbey
Castle Kyburg ©
Castle Kyburg

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, snap pictures at Titlis Bridge, don't miss a visit to Zytturm Clocktower, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then make a trip to Kornmarkt, and finally steep yourself in history at Museggmauer.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 29°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Mon) before leaving for Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Engelberg, Zytturm Clocktower
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Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Titlis Cliff Walk ©
Titlis Cliff Walk

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A., then stroll through North face Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen travel planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, North face Trail
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Air-Glaciers, S.A. ©
Air-Glaciers, S.A.
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, take in the views from Hangebrucke, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

Plan trip to Zermatt with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Cinque Terre.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Tours
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Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Hangebrucke ©
Hangebrucke
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Certosa di Milano, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Cristoforo sul Naviglio, take an in-depth tour of Memoriale Della Shoah Di Milano, see the interesting displays at Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuary of Our Lady of Miracles, and finally see the interesting displays at Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan travel itinerary planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. December in Milan sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 34°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Thu) before leaving for Amsterdam.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tempio Civico della Beata Vergine Incoronata, Santuary of Our Lady of Miracles, Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo
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Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo ©
Museo Fratelli Cozzi Alfa Romeo
La Casa Maledetta ©
La Casa Maledetta

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Mondial Museum and then ponder the world of politics at Raadhuis Hilversum.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amsterdam road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Milan to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Raadhuis Hilversum, Mondial Museum, het strand van Bergen aan Zee, Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland
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Mondial Museum ©
Mondial Museum
het strand van Bergen aan Zee ©
het strand van Bergen aan Zee
Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland ©
Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich online attractions planner .

Getting from Amsterdam to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In December, Zurich is a bit cooler than Amsterdam - with highs of 41°F and lows of 30°F. On the 14th (Sat), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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