11 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Tremezzina, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Murren, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Bern, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 10th (Sat), stop by Old Town, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and finally shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning website.

Turin, Italy to Zurich is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Turin in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Zurich. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 11th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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Lugano, Switzerland

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Lugano and then take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore.

For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lugano attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lugano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lugano when traveling from Lucerne in August, with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tremezzina.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature

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Tremezzina, Italy

The majestic Villa Carlotta is among the most popular places to visit in Tremezzina, its neoclassical architecture complimenting the lush, neatly maintained gardens and charming walkways.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Chiesa Romanica S.Pietro e Paolo.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tremezzina sightseeing planning site.

Drive from Lugano to Tremezzina in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in Tremezzina, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Tremezzina

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Milan, Italy

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stroll around Parco della Vettabbia, then walk around Parco Agricolo Sud Milano, and then admire the landmark architecture of Case Operaie.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan road trip app.

You can drive from Tremezzina to Milan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Milan

Parks

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, stop by Metzgerei Bayard, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder tool.

You can take a train from Milan to Zermatt in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Golf · Parks · Nature

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Murren, Switzerland

With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stroll through Via Ferrata, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, then look for gifts at Molitor, and finally admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Murren online vacation planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Murren in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Murren

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Geneva, Switzerland

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 17th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bains des Paquis, get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Geneva sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Murren to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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Bern, Switzerland

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bern online itinerary maker.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

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Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): get curious at Swiss Science Center Technorama, step into the grandiose world of Munot, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Neuhausen am Rheinfall trip builder tool.

You can drive from Bern to Neuhausen am Rheinfall in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Neuhausen am Rheinfall can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

Lake Como travel guide

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Gardens · Architectural Buildings · Churches
A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."