16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Ahmedabad
Fly + Train:  12 h 30 min
1
Lucerne
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Basel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Ahmedabad

4
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some cultural insight at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Niederdorf. Shop till you drop at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg and Federal Building (Bundeshaus). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: The Cathedral of Bern (in Bern), Old Town Chur (in Chur) and Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, meet the residents at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

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

Ahmedabad, India to Lucerne is an approximately 13.5- hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Lucerne. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Ahmedabad in April; daily highs in Lucerne reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern, Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Old Town Chur, Niederdorf, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
Swiss Science Center Technorama
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau ©
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 7th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bellinzona route builder.

Getting from Lucerne to Bellinzona by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in April, Bellinzona is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Falconeria Locarno, Lungolago Di Ascona
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basel's Old Town and Basel Paper Mill Museum. Jean Tinguely Museum and Fondation Beyeler are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Chapelle de Vellerat (in Vellerat), Amphitheater von Vindonissa (in Windisch) and Thun (Schloss Thun & Thunersee). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel and take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Bellinzona in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Basel, with lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Thun, Chapelle de Vellerat, Fondation Beyeler, Amphitheater von Vindonissa
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village and then take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, and finally admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

Getting from Basel to Lauterbrunnen by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Blumental Panorama Trail, St. Beatus Hoehlen
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Swiss Vapeur Parc and Papiliorama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ski Service and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, take in the exciting artwork at Espace Quai1, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards.

For ratings and tourist information, go to the Lausanne vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Lausanne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Ski Service, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Espace Quai1, Swiss Vapeur Parc
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Ski Service ©
Ski Service
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch
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Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Parasailing & Paragliding
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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