16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
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.
When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, read our Geneva day trip site .

Chicago, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in May, with highs in Geneva at 66°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Interlaken to Bern to see UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken itinerary planning site .

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Trümmelbachfälle, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

1
night
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 25th (Mon), snap pictures at Titlis Bridge and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. May in Engelberg sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Winter Sports Nature Outdoors
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Titlis Cliff Walk ©
Titlis Cliff Walk

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Mt Pilatus, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Zurich trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Engelberg to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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