19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fly:  5​h
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Bellinzona
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
6
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Montreux
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
9
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Newcastle upon Tyne

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Notre Dame Basilica and Kawa Game. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve and Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Nyon (Le Temple de Nyon & Roman Columns). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Maccabees, see the interesting displays at Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee, and get a taste of the local shopping with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary builder .

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Geneva is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or take a train. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Geneva, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Geneva: highs are around 30°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nyon, Vieux-Carouge, Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee
Highlights from your plan

2
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 10th (Tue): stroll around Parc Olympique, see the interesting displays at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, then steep yourself in history at Tour de l'Ale, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Esplanade de Montbenon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): engage your brain at Musee Cantonal d'Archeologie et d'Histoire, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne, step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, then see the interesting displays at Musee Historique de Lausanne, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rue de Bourg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Esplanade de Montbenon ©
Esplanade de Montbenon
Escaliers du Marche ©
Escaliers du Marche
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then pause for some photo ops at Bergfuhrerdenkmal, then step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Musee du safran. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, and then take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stockalper Palace, Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, Musee du safran
Highlights from your plan
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee
Stockalper Palace ©
Stockalper Palace
Parish Church of St. Mauritius ©
Parish Church of St. Mauritius

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 14th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese, admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, make a trip to Piazza Indipendenza, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castle of Sasso Corbaro.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Bellinzona trip app .

Take a train from Zermatt to Bellinzona in 5.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Bellinzona are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 15th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally get engrossed in the history at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lucerne vacation planner.

Take a train from Bellinzona to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Bellinzona in August, expect Lucerne to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche
Museggmauer ©
Museggmauer

2
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Lenzburg, then see the interesting displays at Augusta Raurica, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, then see the interesting displays at Pantheon Basel, then see the interesting displays at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, and finally look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Basel trip planner.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Basel are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Schloss Lenzburg, Augusta Raurica, Pantheon Basel
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Lenzburg ©
Schloss Lenzburg
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Offene Kirche Elisabethen ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Air Force Center and Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Zunfthaus zur Meisen and Wasserkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Winterthur (Villa Flora Winterthur & Sammlung Oskar Reinhart). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Haus zum Rech, wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planning app .

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Winterthur, Air Force Center
Highlights from your plan
Villa Flora Winterthur ©
Villa Flora Winterthur
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart ©
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart
Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum ©
Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux, then contemplate the long history of Vieille-Ville de Montreux, then get engrossed in the history at Musée de Montreux, and finally do a tasting at La Cave Vevey-Montreux.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip builder website .

You can drive from Zurich to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sion, Fondation Pierre Arnaud
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Musée de Montreux ©
Musée de Montreux

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee Ariana and Virtual Room. Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve and MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Nyon (Musee du Leman & Musee Romain). See some other sides of Geneva: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, examine the collection at Musee International de la Reforme, stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve, and make a trip to The Flower Clock.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Geneva holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Geneva takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Nyon
Highlights from your plan
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Eglise Russe ©
Eglise Russe
Musee Romain ©
Musee Romain

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