15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+2
Fly + foot + train:  13​h 45​min
1
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Lenk im Simmental
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Washington DC

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 7th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Montreux trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Washington DC, USA to Montreux is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Montreux. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Glacier 3000, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 9th (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Barenpark, then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then kick back and relax at Jeunes Rives, and finally pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary site .

Getting from Montreux to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jeunes Rives
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

3
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.
Get outdoors at Maennlichen and Parasailing & Paragliding. Popular historic sites such as Kleine Scheidegg and Schlosskirche are in your itinerary. When in Interlaken, make a side trip to see Minigolf in Wengen, approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bern to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in August, you will find days in Interlaken are a bit cooler (73°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Kleine Scheidegg, Minigolf
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes DragonView. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy unforgettable views with DragonView, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and then wander the streets of Old Town.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Take a break from the city and head to Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz and Sibe Brunne. Change things up with these side-trips from Lenk im Simmental: Wispile (in Gstaad), Eglise Romane de Rougemont (in Rougemont) and Gemmi Pass (in Kandersteg). There's more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle.

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You can drive from Zurich to Lenk im Simmental in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in August, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Wispile, Eglise Romane de Rougemont, Gemmi Pass
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Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne
Iffigfall ©
Iffigfall

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've now added Ufschotti Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then take a leisurely stroll along Nadelwehr, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Lenk im Simmental to Lucerne by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. On the 20th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Basel Minster
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

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