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

1
night
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, and finally stop by Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner.

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 (MST) to Central European Time (CET) is 8 hours. Traveling from Boise in September, things will get little chillier in Bern: highs are around 68°F and lows about 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: Geneva (Lake Geneva, Palais des Nations, Genève, & more) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Vivarium Lausanne, and steep yourself in history at Cathedrale de Lausanne.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip maker site .

You can take a train from Bern to Lausanne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Geneva, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Here are some ideas for day two: learn and have fun at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

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

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: stroll through The Eiger Trail, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald road trip planning site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Grindelwald

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 6th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sentiero dell'olivo.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano vacation maker site .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lugano in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli
Sentiero dell'olivo ©
Sentiero dell'olivo

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 7th (Mon), snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. On the next day, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, make a trip to The Nine Towers, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lugano in October, you will find days in Lucerne are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich driving holiday tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Another option is to take a train. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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