19 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, Lake Como & Milan Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of the city life by going to Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Lake Zurich. Visit Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern for their historical value. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, stop by Niederdorf, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, and stroll the grounds of Friedhof Sihlfeld.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Eich, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, then admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne visit planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Seebad Eich ©
Seebad Eich
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 8th (Wed), take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Via Ferrata, and finally don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

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Drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kleine Scheidegg and Alpiglen. Visiting Maennlichen and Grindelwald-First will get you outdoors. Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to Reichenbach Falls (in Meiringen), Brienz (Giessbachfälle & Axalp) and Wengen (Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway & Minigolf). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and get great views at Pfingstegg.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip builder app.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

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Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): trek along 5-Seenweg, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain and then get around town with Gornergrat.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Como.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg

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Como, Italy

Como ©

City of Silk

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Riserva Naturale Val di Mello and Oasi WWF del Bassone. Venture out of the city with trips to Chiesa di San Giacomo (in Ossuccio) and Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta & Villa del Balbianello). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tempio Voltiano, head outdoors with Aero Club Como, and wander the streets of Menaggio.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Como tour itinerary site.

Getting from Zermatt to Como by combination of car and ferry takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Como

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: visit Via Lincoln, get engrossed in the history at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, then see a show at La Casa Maledetta, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Milan day trip website.

Traveling by car from Como to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

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