22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23 h 45 min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Montreux
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Lugano
— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and stop by Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich online holiday 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 flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lucerne is known for nature, childrens museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and identify plant and animal life at Pilatus Luzern.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne route planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Astrid-Kapelle
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then walk around Gurten, then explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip website .

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Aare River
Aare River
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, stop by O'Coeur des Reves ..., and see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux day trip planner.

Drive from Bern to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Gruyeres Castle, Alain Chollet Winery, O'Coeur des Reves ..., Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

3
nights
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.
On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Wydi, then get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken vacation planning site.

Getting from Montreux to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona), Falconeria Locarno (in Locarno) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli, and don't miss a visit to Swissminiatur.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip planner.

Drive from Interlaken to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Interlaken in October; daily highs in Lugano reach 20°C and lows reach 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Fox Town Factory Stores, Lungolago Di Ascona, Swissminiatur, Falconeria Locarno
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico

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