10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Interlaken

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Lauterbrunnen Village. Do some cultural sightseeing at International Museum of Watches and Mountaineers' Cemetery. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to The Matterhorn (in Zermatt) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). There's much more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken planning app .

Chicago, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Interlaken. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chicago in July: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 75°F and lows are around 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, International Museum of Watches, Maennlichen, Creux du Van
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier 3000, Head underground at The Bex Salt Mines, and then examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, then examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Montreux trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gruyeres, The Bex Salt Mines, Chateau de Chillon, Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
The Bex Salt Mines ©
The Bex Salt Mines

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Grossmunster are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Fraumünster Church and Hofkirche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Ufschotti Park & Mt Pilatus). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Montreux to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Zurich sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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