13 days in Switzerland, Frankfurt & Heidelberg Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland, Frankfurt & Heidelberg Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lungern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Vevey, Switzerland
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Nyon, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Bern, Switzerland
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Heidelberg, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get great views at Main Tower, then admire the striking features of Romer, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Frankfurt online trip itinerary planner.

The Hague, The Netherlands to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from The Hague in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Frankfurt: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

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Traveling by flight from Frankfurt to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lungern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Lungern, Switzerland

— 1 night
Lungern is a municipality in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. On the 10th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Viewing Point Schoenbuehel, take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Falls. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cruise along Furka Pass.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lungern trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Lucerne to Lungern by car takes about an hour. August in Lungern sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lungern

Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for gifts at The Mad Cow. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Interlaken attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lungern to Interlaken takes an hour. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Montreux, Switzerland

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vevey.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Vevey, Switzerland

Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne.It was the seat of the district of the same name until 2006, and is now part of the Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District. To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vevey day trip app.

Vevey is just a short distance from Montreux. On the 14th (Sat), you're off to Lausanne.

Things to do in Vevey

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Lausanne, Switzerland

— 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lausanne travel tool.

Lausanne is just a short distance from Vevey. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nyon.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nyon, Switzerland

Nyon is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. On the 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Chateau de Nyon and then delve into the distant past at Roman Columns.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nyon visit planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Nyon in an hour. August in Nyon sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Nyon

Museums · Historic Sites

Geneva, Switzerland

— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nyon to Geneva in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature

Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

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 17th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then explore the activities along Aare River, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bern journey planner.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Heidelberg, Germany

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 18th (Wed), take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), then snap pictures at Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Palatinate (Kurpfalzisches Museum) and restaurant.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Heidelberg tour app.

You can fly from Bern to Heidelberg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.