17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  11 h 15 min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Bern
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
6
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  13 h
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll get in some beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Old Town and Grossmunster are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Seebad Eich (in Eich) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip maker site .

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in May, with highs in Zurich at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Seebad Eich
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Percorso del Cemento, take in the dramatic scenery at Parco delle Gole della Breggia, take in the dramatic natural features at Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, then delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, and finally kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip itinerary app .

Getting from Zurich to Lugano by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Morbio Inferiore, Monte San Giorgio, Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello
Highlights from your plan
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then trek along Axalp, then admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and finally hike along The Eiger.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald online itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Axalp
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Chateau de Chillon and Castle of Gruyeres will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Chapelle de l'Ermitage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Fondation Pour le Cheval (in Les Breuleux), Neuchatel (Creux du Van & Jeunes Rives) and Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark and appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Bern sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Neuchatel, Rochers des Sommetres, Gorges de l'Areuse, Fondation Pour le Cheval, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee". On the next day, hike along Murmelweg Wanderung, hike along 5-Seenweg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt road trip app .

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Geneva and l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Corniche Lavaux Vineyards (in Montreux), Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry) and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice (in Saint Sulpice). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva attractions planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces ©
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces

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