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:  2​h 30​min
2
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Interlaken
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Bourbaki Panorama. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Lucerne and Mt Pilatus. Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Ufschotti Park in Lucerne--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): find something for the whole family at Swiss Vapeur Parc, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Zurich to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Theme Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Swiss Vapeur Parc, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 6th (Tue), make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip builder site .

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aletsch Glacier and Trümmelbachfälle. Get a sense of the local culture at Wengen Day Trips and Schlosskirche. When in Interlaken, make a side trip to see Maennlichen Romantic Trail in Grindelwald, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. August in Interlaken sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Maennlichen Romantic Trail, Trümmelbachfälle, Wengen Day Trips
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

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