28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Geneva
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 5 nights
train:  3​h
5
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Basel
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

3
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Maison Tavel as well as Place Bourg du Four. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Geneva is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chateau Saint-Maire as well as Sauvabelin Tower. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Chateau Saint-Maire.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lausanne road trip app .

Getting from Geneva to Lausanne by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Castle of Gruyeres
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten) as well as Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then pause for some photo ops at Barenpark, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then get great views at Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten), and finally get a sense of history and politics at Federal Building (Bundeshaus).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You've added Hohbalmen, Oberrothorn, Gornergrat, and other attractions to your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour builder site .

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Transportation
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Schynige Platte, The Eiger Trail, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and other attractions you added. And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, walk around Hohematte Park, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Interlaken are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte, Lake Brienz, The Eiger Trail
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castelgrande as well as Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. On the 14th (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Lugano, then stroll through Monte San Salvatore, and then stroll around Parco Civico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Bre.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano trip planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Lugano by train takes about 6 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Castelgrande
Highlights from your plan
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've added Lake Trubsee, Jesuitenkirche, Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne journey builder app .

You can drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, Lucerne is little chillier than Lugano - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lake Trubsee
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've now added Landesmuseum to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich vacation builder tool .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, Basel Paper Mill Museum and Kunstmuseum Basel. On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Rathaus, see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Basel, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Basel. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, examine the collection at Jean Tinguely Museum, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Basel online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sat).

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel

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