16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly:  17​h
1
Zurich
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
train:  8​h 30​min
5
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h
6
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Saint Louis

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Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zurich trip maker site .

Saint Louis, USA to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Saint Louis to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In August, Zurich is a bit cooler than Saint Louis - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. You will leave for Lucerne on the 25th (Sun).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), Chapel Bridge, Rigi, and other attractions. On the 25th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and then take in the views from Chapel Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, and then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rigi ©
Rigi
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 27th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte San Salvatore, and then take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lugano vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lucerne in August since evenings lows in Lugano dip to 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Castelgrande, Hofkirche, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get great views at Muottas Muragl, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch, and finally don't miss a visit to The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lugano to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in August, things will get a bit cooler in St. Moritz: highs are around 66°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Piz Corvatsch ©
Piz Corvatsch
The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz ©
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary maker .

You can take a train from St. Moritz to Zermatt in 8.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Interlaken attractions planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Interlaken by train takes about 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Maennlichen, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
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 Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Museum of Natural History of Bern, Castle of Gruyeres, and other attractions you added. On the 3rd (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

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nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Zurich route maker site .

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 8th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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