19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Lausanne
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Bellinzona
— 1 night
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Geneva

— 2 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve and Vieux-Carouge. Let the collections at Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery capture your imagination. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Nyon (Le Temple de Nyon & Roman Columns). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Chapel of the Maccabees, have some family-friendly fun at Kawa Game, examine the collection at Musee Barbier-Mueller, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva holiday planner.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Geneva is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne in August; daily highs in Geneva reach 30°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Lausanne

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stroll around Parc Olympique, then see the interesting displays at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, then steep yourself in history at Tour de l'Ale, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon. Here are some ideas for day two: have fun and explore at Musee Cantonal d'Archeologie et d'Histoire, engage your brain at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne, step into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, then examine the collection at Musee Historique de Lausanne, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Rue de Bourg.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lausanne trip builder app.

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

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Zermatt

— 2 nights
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 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, appreciate the history behind Bergfuhrerdenkmal, then step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, and finally learn more about the world around you at Musee du safran. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, and then take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Drive from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Bellinzona

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 14th (Sat), admire the striking features of Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese, admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Indipendenza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, and finally steep yourself in history at Chateaux de Bellinzone.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bellinzona trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bellinzona in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Lucerne route builder website.

You can drive from Bellinzona to Lucerne in 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bellinzona in August, with highs in Lucerne at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Basel

— 2 nights
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 delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen. On the next day, engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, then examine the collection at Pantheon Basel, then examine the collection at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, and finally look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur).

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Basel day trip planning website.

Drive from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Basel, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore and learn at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart and Oskar-Reinhart Foundation Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Zunfthaus zur Meisen and Air Force Center. Step out of Zurich to go to Winterthur and see Villa Flora Winterthur, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Haus zum Rech, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wasserkirche, stop by Schanzengraben Canal, and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich attractions planner.

Getting from Basel to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): contemplate the long history of Vieille-Ville de Montreux, then browse the exhibits of Musée de Montreux, and then learn about winemaking at La Cave Vevey-Montreux.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montreux holiday planning tool.

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

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Geneva

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Get a sense of the local culture at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve and Musee du Leman. Appreciate the collections at Musee Ariana and MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature. Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Musee Romain in Nyon, about 36 minutes away. Explore Geneva further: take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, examine the collection at Musee international de la Reforme (MIR), stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve, and get your game on at Virtual Room.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

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.