14 days in Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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14 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Lucerne
— 6 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Boise

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall--about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zurich road trip site .

Boise, USA to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Boise to Zurich is 8 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Boise in September: highs in Zurich hover around 67°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Flauderei, see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, then admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and finally examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Appenzell itinerary planner.

Drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. October in Appenzell sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch
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Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG ©
Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch ©

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 3rd (Thu), meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and then head outdoors with San Bernardino Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, steep yourself in history at Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Bellinzona takes 3 hours. Traveling from Appenzell in October, you will find days in Bellinzona are a bit warmer (64°F), and nights are about the same (48°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Falconeria Locarno
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

6
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: French Church (in Bern), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Heidi's Photo Chalet, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Bellinzona in October, plan for little chillier days in Lucerne, with highs around 59°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Interlaken, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, French Church, Trümmelbachfälle
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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