15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Geneva
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Zoo Zurich and Swimming Pools Unter Letten. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Ufschotti Park, Lake Lucerne, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, find something for the whole family at Parapark Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten

4
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Skigebiet Betelberg and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: The Matterhorn (in Zermatt) and Grindelwald (Maennlichen Romantic Trail & The Eiger Trail). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Zurich in December, with highs in Interlaken at 1°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), The Matterhorn, Skigebiet Betelberg
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Chaplin's World and CERN. When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux, approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in December, things will get a bit warmer in Geneva: highs are around 6°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
CERN ©
CERN

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