12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Bellinzona
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Lucerne
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Schlosskirche. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Alpenwildpark. Take a break from Interlaken with a short trip to Aare Gorge in Meiringen, about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen and head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

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Chicago, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 65°F and lows are around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Maennlichen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 7th (Sat), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, then examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux tour itinerary planning site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Chateau de Chillon
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then explore the world behind art at OnArte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bellinzona trip planner .

You can drive from Montreux to Bellinzona in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

OnArte, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fondation Beyeler and The Rosengart Collection. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Uferpromenade Weggis and Dietikon Catholic Church. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Grossmunster, Lake Zurich, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, Lucerne is little chillier than Bellinzona - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Dietikon Catholic Church, Uferpromenade Weggis, Fondation Beyeler
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler

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