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:  5​h
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Villa Flora Winterthur, admire the masterpieces at Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum, examine the collection at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, see the interesting displays at Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM), then take a stroll through Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, and finally wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winterthur, Wildegg Castle, Muri Abbey, Schloss Habsburg
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Villa Flora Winterthur ©
Villa Flora Winterthur
Wildegg Castle ©
Wildegg Castle
Schloss Habsburg ©
Schloss Habsburg

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, and finally get advice or help at KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): stroll through Melchsee-Frutt, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, get engrossed in the history at Richard Wagner Museum, snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 40°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Glasi Hergiswil, Melchsee-Frutt
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 9th (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, then take in the awesome beauty at The Monch, then hike along North face Trail, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren
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Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally shop like a local with Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum CIMA, see the interesting displays at Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches, see the interesting displays at Watch Museum of Le Locle, then examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Elysee, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bern sightseeing planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Bern by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Le Locle, Museum CIMA, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, International Museum of Watches
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Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches ©
Watch Museum of Le Locle ©
Watch Museum of Le Locle
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen

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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 find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip tool .

Take a train from Bern to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bern in December, Milan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 34°F. You'll set off for Amsterdam on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Nightlife Outdoors

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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal and Kasteel Doorwerth. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) and Museum Schokland. Get out of town with these interesting Amsterdam side-trips: Leeuwarden (Fries Museum & Historische binnenstad Leeuwarden). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Yab Yum Unlocked, admire the masterpieces at Foam - Photography Museum Amsterdam, and get engrossed in the history at Allard Pierson.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam visit planner.

Fly from Milan to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. December in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Leeuwarden, Singer Laren Museum, Theatre and Sculpture Garden, Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum), Museum Schokland, UNESCO World Heritafe Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal
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Fries Museum ©
Fries Museum
Railway Museum (Het Spoorwegmuseum) ©

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