12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Train
2
Lugano
— 1 day
Train
3
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Lausanne
— 1 night
Drive
6
Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, take a stroll through Old Town, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. On your second day here, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and finally stop by Confiserie Sprungli.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich visit site.

Syracuse, USA to Zurich is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Syracuse to Zurich is 6 hours. When traveling from Syracuse in May, plan for little chillier days in Zurich, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Lugano

— 1 day

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 3rd (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner.

You can take a train from Lugano to Lucerne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lugano in June, plan for slightly colder days in Lucerne, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and then pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at The Cathedral of Bern and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Bern sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Classes · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Lausanne

— 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then look for gifts at Zara, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally look for gifts at Bon Genie.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip site.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Geneva

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Geneva, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

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.