17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Interlaken
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
4
Lausanne
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zurich is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maennlichen and The Eiger Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen) and First (in Grindelwald). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner .

Getting from Zurich to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte, Aletsch Glacier
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Visiting The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Lenk im Simmental (Simmenfalle, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, & more). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Gornergrat, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Barvara, admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, and then take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lausanne tour itinerary planning app .

Getting from Zermatt to Lausanne by train takes about 3.5 hours. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Church of St Barvara, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Creux du Van, Chateau de Chillon, Pisciculture de la Gruyere
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces ©
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Pisciculture de la Gruyere ©
Pisciculture de la Gruyere

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