11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, then take a stroll through Niederdorf, and finally head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, then step into the grandiose world of Munot, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and finally see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary tool .

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, Rhine Falls, Munot
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Munot ©
Munot

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Beyeler and Augusta Raurica. Step out of Lucerne with an excursion to Basel Paper Mill Museum in Basel--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG, get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum, see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne travel route planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Fondation Beyeler, Glasi Hergiswil, Basel Paper Mill Museum, Augusta Raurica
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch and then admire the verdant scenery at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take some stellar pictures from Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and finally trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grindelwald driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grottes de Vallorbe and Musee Ariana. Let the collections at Chateau de Nyon and Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Roman Columns (in Nyon) and Lac d'Emosson (in Salvan). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, take in the waterfront at Pointe de la Jonction, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Grindelwald to Geneva by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Nyon, Lac d'Emosson, Grottes de Vallorbe
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Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana

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