17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  14​h
1
Zurich
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Interlaken
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lenk im Simmental
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Montreux
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
8
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Vancouver

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bahnhofstrasse as well as Lindenhofplatz. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then stroll through Lindenhofplatz, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online trip itinerary builder .

Vancouver, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Zurich. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rigi, identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then get great views at The Nine Towers, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory as well as Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, stroll through Hohematte Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Alpenwildpark, then have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and finally savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then hit the slopes at Maennlichen.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken driving holiday website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Maennlichen, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern has been added to your itinerary.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In April, daytime highs in Bern are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Thu) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, then stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then stop by Laderach.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip planner .

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

few
hours
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland and then have fun at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Lenk im Simmental. In April, daily temperatures in Lenk im Simmental can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Montreux.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Trottiland

5
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Chaplin's World and Swiss Vapeur Parc. Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: Lausanne (Le Port d'Ouchy, Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more), Terres de Lavaux (in Lutry) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, enjoy breathtaking views from Mont Pelerin TV Tower, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Memorial, and go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux online attractions planner .

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Montreux in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Castle of Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon, Mont Pelerin TV Tower, Swiss Vapeur Parc
Highlights from your plan
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, then get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, and finally admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva planning site .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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