12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland vacation planner

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Interlaken
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Interlaken

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Speed Boats Tours. Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) (in Bern), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Eglise Saint Theodule (in Gruyeres). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Interlaken travel app.

Washington DC, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in August: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 73°F and lows are around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Grossmunster are in your itinerary. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Hofkirche, Altstadt Luzern, &more) and Seebad Seeliken (in Zug). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Beaches

Side Trips

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.