17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bern
— 3 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Geneva
— 3 nights
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Zurich

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Biosphaere Entlebuch, &more) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich attractions planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in May; daily highs in Zurich reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lugano

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

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, take an in-depth tour of Castello di Montebello, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally stroll through Monte San Salvatore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): Head underground at Percorso del Cemento, stroll around Parco delle Gole della Breggia, explore the ancient world of Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude 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.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lugano visit planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 5th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, identify plant and animal life at Axalp, then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip maker app.

You can drive from Lugano to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Chapelle de l'Ermitage. Step out of the city life by going to Jeunes Rives and Creux du Van. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental), Fondation Pour le Cheval (in Les Breuleux) and Rochers des Sommetres (in Muriaux). Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, look for all kinds of wild species at Pisciculture de la Gruyere, and appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
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): get interesting insight from Tours, get great views at Gornergrat, then tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): hike along Murmelweg Wanderung, stroll through 5-Seenweg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Geneva

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

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 Saint-Pierre and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale de Lausanne and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne (in Aubonne) and Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis.

To find maps and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Zermatt to Geneva by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.