11 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland, Milan & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then wander the streets of Old Town, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally contemplate the long history of Forum of Swiss History Schwyz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip builder site .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In December in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 29°F at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Forum of Swiss History Schwyz
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Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen day trip app .

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Murren, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 10th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Skigebiet Betelberg, step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, see the interesting displays at Klingende Sammlung, then take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bern journey website .

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Bern in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Chaplin's World, Castle of Gruyeres, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Klingende Sammlung ©
Klingende Sammlung

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Milan, Italy

Milan
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.
To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Milan holiday planner .

Getting from Bern to Milan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Milan when traveling from Bern in December, with lows around 34°F. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Parks

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Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Visiting Hoge Veluwe National Park and Singel will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Van Gogh Museum and Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and get a taste of the local shopping with Leidseplein.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam online trip builder .

You can fly from Milan to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Hoge Veluwe National Park
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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