32 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

32 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Lauterbrunnen Itinerary

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Fly to Malpensa International Airport, Drive to Stresa
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Stresa, Italy
— 10 nights
Drive
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 8 nights
Drive
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 12 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Montevideo

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Stresa, Italy

— 10 nights
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Get some cultural insight at Palazzo Borromeo and Villa Ducale. Take a break from the city and head to Isola Bella and Isola Madre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Stresa: Chiesa di San Clemente (in Cesara), La Chiesa dei S.S. Pietro e Paolo (in Brebbia) and Laveno-Mombello (Il Centro Storico Laveno-Mombello, Chiesa di San Defendente, &more). The adventure continues: get to know the resident critters at Park Pallavicino, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Donato, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, and take in the pleasant sights at Lungolago Stresa.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Stresa road trip planning website.

Montevideo, Uruguay to Stresa is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Uruguay Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 4 hours. When traveling from Montevideo in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Stresa, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Locarno, Switzerland

— 8 nights
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Take a break from the city and head to Cimetta and Brissago Islands. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chiesa di San Michele and Ghisla Art Collection. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Falconeria Locarno, see the interesting displays at Pinacoteca Casa Rusca, cool off at Lido Locarno, and relax in sumptuous surroundings at Termali Salini & Spa Locarno.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Locarno trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Stresa to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 12 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Step out of the city life by going to Trümmelbachfälle and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Do some cultural sightseeing at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen and Musee du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut. Venture out of the city with trips to Riederalp (Riederalp & Villa Cassel), Spiezer Rundwanderweg (in Spiez) and Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, get engrossed in the history at Lotschentaler Museum, Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen day trip planner.

You can drive from Locarno to Lauterbrunnen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips