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
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lugano
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Grindelwald
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Bern
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  17​h
End: Boise

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip maker tool .

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. While traveling from Boise, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): stroll through Monte San Salvatore, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then look for gifts at Giuseppe Giglia S.A. Marrons Glaces, and finally walk around Parco Civico.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in September, expect nights in Lugano to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

1
night
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 2nd (Wed), sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, then stop by Flauderei, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Appenzell trip planner.

Getting from Lugano to Appenzell by car takes about 3 hours. While traveling from Lugano, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Appenzell, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Breweries & Distilleries Parks Museums

Side Trip

Santis der Berg
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Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG ©
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt journey maker website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Appenzell to Zermatt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Geneva (Lake Geneva, The Geneva Water Fountain, & more) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), pause for some photo ops at Thai Pavilion, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice), and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Lausanne.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lausanne trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geneva, Freddie Mercury Statue, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

1
night
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald online trip planner .

Drive from Lausanne to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Trümmelbachfälle, Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Bern is known for museums, parks, shopping, childrens museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, examine the collection at Kindermuseum Creaviva, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bern day trip planning site .

Getting from Grindelwald to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. On the 10th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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