13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Queenstown
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
3
Brienz
— 1 night
train:  30​min
4
Interlaken
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Murren
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Lausanne
— 1 night
train:  45​min
8
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Queenstown

1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 21st (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then test your team's savvy at Live Escape Game.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder site .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Zurich is an approximately 31-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Live Escape Game ©
Live Escape Game

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Brienz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

1
night
Brienz

Brienz ©
With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
On the 23rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, identify plant and animal life at Axalp, and then examine the collection at Sherlock Holmes Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Brienz trip planning app .

Drive from Lucerne to Brienz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Lucerne in December: highs in Brienz hover around 1°C, while lows dip to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Brienz

Parks Trails Wildlife

Side Trip

Sherlock Holmes Museum
Highlights from your plan
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle
Sherlock Holmes Museum ©
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Axalp ©
Axalp

1
night
Interlaken

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): glide through the air with Skywings and then perfect your strike at Bowling-Interlaken.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner .

Interlaken is just a short distance from Brienz. In December in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Interlaken

Tours Adventure Outdoors
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Skywings ©
Skywings

1
night
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
You've now added Trümmelbachfälle to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then get the adrenaline pumping with Skydive Xdream, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Murren tour website .

Murren is very close to Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Murren

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
Skydive Xdream ©
Skydive Xdream
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You've now added Barenpark to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Abbatiale de Payerne (in Payerne) and Lac de Neuchatel (in Neuchatel). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Hammam & SPA Oktogon Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), admire the masterpieces at Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle, and browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bern tour builder site .

Getting from Murren to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fribourg, Abbatiale de Payerne, Lac de Neuchatel
Highlights from your plan
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Barenpark ©
Barenpark
Central Railroad Station ©
Central Railroad Station

1
night
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 29th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then pause for some photo ops at Charlie Chaplin Statue, and finally take a tour of La Suisse Steam paddle boat..

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne road trip planning site .

Getting from Bern to Lausanne by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Charlie Chaplin Statue, Freddie Mercury Statue
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Freddie Mercury Statue ©
Freddie Mercury Statue
Charlie Chaplin Statue ©
Charlie Chaplin Statue

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally get engrossed in the history at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner.

You can take a train from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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