15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Boise
Fly + train:  17​h
1
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
3
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Wengen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Lugano
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Boise

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step out of Bern with an excursion to Mt Pilatus in Lucerne--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bern trip builder tool .

Boise, USA to Bern is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time is 8 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Boise in September, with highs in Bern at 68°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Mt Pilatus
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Chemin des Fontaines des Bois du Jorat, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and then take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally meet the residents at Vivarium Lausanne.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Bern to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Trails Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Chateau de Chillon
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Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 2nd (Wed), ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, make a trip to The Flower Clock, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Geneva, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt route builder .

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Wengen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Classes
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

2
nights
Wengen

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, then trek along The Eiger Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wengen trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Wengen takes 3.5 hours. In October in Wengen, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Wengen

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

1
night
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 8th (Tue), have some family-friendly fun at Transfinity VR Arcade, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, and finally stroll around Parco Civico.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lugano day trip planning website .

Drive from Wengen to Lugano in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Wengen in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Lugano: highs are around 64°F and lows about 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Fun & Games
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli

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nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 9th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zurich using our trip planner.

Drive from Lugano to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. While traveling from Lugano, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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