15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 2 nights
2
Basel
— 2 nights
3
Lausanne
— 3 nights
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
5
Interlaken
— 2 nights
6
Lugano
— 2 nights

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as The Rosengart Collection and Old Town Chur. Visit Old Town and Hofkirche for their historical value. Step out of Zurich to go to Lucerne and see The Nine Towers, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Atlanta, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in May, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Old Town Chur
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Old Town ©
Old Town

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Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 5th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, then examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, and finally explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, then examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, then delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Ursenkathedrale.

Make your Basel itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Zurich to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Basel sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Augusta Raurica, Fondation Beyeler, St. Ursenkathedrale
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Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica

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Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier 3000 and Creux du Van. Let the collections at HR Giger Museum and Collection de l'Art Brut capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Lausanne side-trips: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Montreux (Montreux Lakeside & Queen Studio Experience). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche and explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Vallorbe.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lausanne driving holiday planner.

Drive from Basel to Lausanne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Chateau de Chillon, Creux du Van, HR Giger Museum
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Sun), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt journey planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Parasailing & Paragliding
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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Interlaken

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village and then admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken holiday planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Aare Gorge, Jungfraujoch
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

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Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma and then take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lugano trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in May: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 70°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
Highlights from your plan
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso ©
Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

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