15 days in Bern, Bellinzona & Lucerne Itinerary

15 days in Bern, Bellinzona & Lucerne Itinerary

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15 days in Bern, Bellinzona & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  19​h 15​min
1
Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Lucerne
— 6 nights
train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Seattle

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Geneva (Lake Geneva & The Geneva Water Fountain). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary website .

Seattle, USA to Bern is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. Traveling from Seattle in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Bern, with lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 3rd (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle of Sasso Corbaro. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Nicolao, admire the sheer force of Alta Piumogna Waterfalls, and then get outside with San Bernardino Pass.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellinzona road trip website .

Traveling by car from Bern to Bellinzona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bern in October, Bellinzona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Chiesa di San Nicolao, Alta Piumogna Waterfalls
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
San Bernardino Pass ©
San Bernardino Pass

6
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald), Zurich (Lake Zurich, Niederdorf, & more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Astrid-Kapelle, and look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne itinerary planning website .

Traveling by train from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bellinzona in October, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zurich, The Eiger Trail, Astrid-Kapelle, Aletsch Glacier, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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