17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Lagos
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Glarus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Eich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Lagos

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Swiss National Museum and Bahnhofstrasse. Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and Zunfthaus Zur Meisen will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lion Monument, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich planner .

Lagos, Nigeria to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lagos in August, with highs in Zurich at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Glarus.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Glarus

Glarus ©
Glarus is the capital of the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museum des Landes Glarus - Freulerpalast, pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Glarus trip planner .

Getting from Zurich to Glarus by car takes about an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Eich.

Things to do in Glarus

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museum des Landes Glarus - Freulerpalast
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Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Stadtkirche ©
Stadtkirche

1
night
Eich

Eich ©
Eich is a municipality in the district of Sursee in the canton of Lucerne in Switzerland.HistoryEich is first mentioned in 1045 as Heiche. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Sursee and then kick back and relax at Seebad Eich.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Eich trip builder tool .

Getting from Glarus to Eich by car takes about 1.5 hours. September in Eich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Eich

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Strandbad Sursee
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Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Swiss Made Shop Wengen (in Wengen) and Axalp (in Brienz). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and trek along The Eiger Trail.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald road trip app .

Traveling by car from Eich to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Swiss Made Shop Wengen, Axalp
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg
Axalp ©
Axalp

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Visit Central Railroad Station and Zahringerbrunnen for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Schweizerisches . Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Creux du Van (in Neuchatel), Musee du Tram (in Boudry) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding, Hohematte Park, & more). The adventure continues: shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, don't miss a visit to Federal Building (Bundeshaus), identify plant and animal life at Rochers des Sommetres, and get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Interlaken, Musee du Tram, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Rochers des Sommetres, Creux du Van
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 13th (Fri), appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Memorial, then learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Pisciculture de la Gruyere, Neirrivue, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, then examine the collection at Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally do a tasting at Alain Chollet Winery.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux trip builder app .

You can drive from Bern to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Chaplin's World, Pisciculture de la Gruyere, Castle of Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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