17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Interlaken
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

2
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fondation Beyeler and Rheinufer Basel. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, and explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Basel road trip website .

Hong Kong, China to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Hong Kong to Basel, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in April, things will get cooler in Basel: highs are around 19°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Titlis Cliff Walk and Bourbaki Panorama. Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip tool .

Take a train from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Lucerne sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zurich, Titlis Cliff Walk
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, then walk around Parco Civico, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Riforma. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, and finally make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lucerne in April since evenings lows in Lugano dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Lungolago Di Ascona, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Falconeria Locarno
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Lake Brienz. Venture out of the city with trips to Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Bern (Mosesbrunnen, The Cathedral of Bern, & more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take in nature's colorful creations at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet, and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Interlaken online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lugano in May, with highs in Interlaken at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen, Lake Brienz, Jungfraujoch, Aare Gorge
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Gurten ©
Gurten
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally cruise along Gornergrat. On the 6th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, appreciate the history behind Bergfuhrerdenkmal, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip tool .

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Virtual Room and Rolex Learning Center EPFL. Take a break from Lausanne with a short trip to Lake Geneva in Geneva, about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: walk around Parc de l'Independance, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de Mon Repos, and get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lausanne road trip tool .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Geneva, Parc de l'Independance
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Virtual Room ©
Virtual Room
Parc de l'Independance ©
Parc de l'Independance

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