12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 day
Train:  15 min
4
Wengen
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
6
Locarno
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Dubai

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Swiss Science Center Technorama and Wildpark Bruderhaus. Explore hidden gems such as Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil and Niederdorf. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Gossau to see Walter Zoo about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Zurich attractions planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. In May, Zurich is colder than Dubai - with highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winterthur, Walter Zoo, Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil
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Walter Zoo ©
Walter Zoo
Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
Swiss Science Center Technorama
Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil ©
Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, and then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Titlis Cliff Walk, then take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and finally don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Titlis Cliff Walk
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau ©
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
day
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 27th (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls.

To find maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Wengen.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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3
nights
Wengen

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Eiger and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Get out of town with these interesting Wengen side-trips: Grindelwald (Schwarzhorn, The Wetterhorn, &more). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, take a stroll through Alpiglen, get outside with Swimming Pool Waldbort, and stop by Central Sport.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Wengen trip itinerary website .

Wengen is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. May in Wengen sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Wengen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, The Eiger
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Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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 31st (Sun): go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse and then learn something new at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt tour planning app .

Getting from Wengen to Zermatt by train takes about 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Locarno.

Things to do in Zermatt

Classes Outdoors Tours
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Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Hinterdorfstrasse ©
Hinterdorfstrasse

1
night
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
On the 1st (Mon), head outdoors with Cimetta, don't miss a visit to Chiesa di San Francesco, then walk around Parco delle Camelie, and finally cool off at Lido Locarno.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Locarno road trip planning tool .

Getting from Zermatt to Locarno by train takes about 4.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
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Cimetta ©
Cimetta
Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Chiesa di San Francesco ©
Chiesa di San Francesco

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