15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
Fly + foot + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Montreux
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h
End: Ottawa

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You've now added Les Bains de Lavey to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Queen Studio Experience. Step out of the city life by going to Glacier 3000 and Rochers-de-Naye. There's still lots to do: take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Montreux online driving holiday planner .

Ottawa, Canada to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Ottawa to Montreux, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Glacier 3000, Les Bains de Lavey, Chateau de Chillon
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Les Bains de Lavey ©
Les Bains de Lavey

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You've now added Hexenbar to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, trek along 5-Seenweg, then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Hexenbar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn and then look for gifts at Laderach.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt travel planner .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes SwissSafari GmbH, Matte and The Old City Irish Pub. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): join in the after-dark buzz at The Old City Irish Pub, take a stroll through Matte, catch all the local highlights with SwissSafari GmbH, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Aare River, then browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern travel planning site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Thunersee, SwissSafari GmbH
Highlights from your plan
Thunersee ©
Thunersee
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Matte ©
Matte

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 16th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, then look for gifts at Molitor, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip builder site .

Drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Molitor
Highlights from your plan
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Altstadt Luzern and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, contemplate the long history of Peter’s Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Grindelwald to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 21st (Mon), take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. On the next day, browse the collection at Stadt- und Regionalbibliothek Uster and then look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich online tour planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stadt- und Regionalbibliothek Uster, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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