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
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Caumasee and Old Town Chur. Your inner history buff will appreciate Schloss Rapperswil and Grossmunster. Venture out of the city with trips to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur) and Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Lake Lucerne). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read 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 (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Schloss Rapperswil, Old Town Chur, Caumasee
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
Swiss Science Center Technorama
Caumasee ©
Caumasee

2
nights
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): ski along the peaceful trails at Glacier 3000, Head underground at The Bex Salt Mines, and then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, then get in on the family fun at Swiss Vapeur Parc, and then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Montreux tour itinerary site .

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 your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Bex Salt Mines, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Glacier 3000
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
The Bex Salt Mines ©
The Bex Salt Mines

4
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Staubbach Waterfall. Appreciate the collections at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Zermatt (Parish church of St Mauritius & Mountaineers' Cemetery) and Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Interlaken road trip planner .

You can drive from Montreux to Interlaken in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Lake Brienz, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aletsch Glacier
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

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