3 days in Switzerland Itinerary

3 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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3 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  2​h
1
Basel
— 1 night
train:  1​h
2
Bern
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lucerne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Zurich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Basel
— Few hours
Fly:  5​h
End: Lisbon

1
night
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.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Basel travel route planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Basel is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Basel. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lisbon in November: high temperatures in Basel hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

few
hours
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 Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) as well as The Cathedral of Bern. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, and finally engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip builder site .

You can take a train from Basel to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge
Zahringerdenkmal monument ©
Zahringerdenkmal monument

few
hours
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lucerne Station, Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. On the 23rd (Sat), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip maker tool .

Take a train from Bern to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Lucerne are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

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night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grossmunster, Old Town and Lake Zurich.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip website .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Zurich are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

few
hours
Basel

Basel
For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Basel journey planner .

Drive from Zurich to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Basel

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

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