43 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore Itinerary

43 days in Switzerland & Lake Maggiore Itinerary

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Basel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lake Maggiore, Italy
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland

— 3 nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Ursanne (Fontaine du Mai & Cloitre de St-Ursanne). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, and meet the residents at Zoo Basel.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Basel online itinerary planner.

London, UK to Basel is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Basel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daytime highs in Basel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Sackelamtshusli (in Schaffhausen) and Witzweg (in Heiden). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Titlis (in Engelberg) and Bergbahnen Disentis (in Disentis). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Bern, Switzerland

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gotthelf Zentrum Emmental Lutzelfluh (in Lutzelfluh-Goldbach), Garuda Massage (in Thun) and Bachalpsee Lake (in Grindelwald). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, trek along Planetenweg, and delve into the lush surroundings at Creux du Van.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bern trip app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 4 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Grindelwald (First Cliff Walk by Tissot & Grindelwald-First). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and examine the collection at Artilleriewerk Faulensee.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken route planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lugano, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona), Campanile di Intragna (in Intragna) and Verzasca Dam (in Gordola). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lugano, stroll around Camellia Park, don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip website.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lugano, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Lake Maggiore.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Italy

— 3 nights
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Maggiore: Arona (Lungolago Arona & Arteadarona), Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella) and House of The Resistance (in Verbania).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lake Maggiore online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Lake Maggiore takes 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lake Maggiore

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Art'Collections Museum (in Crans-Montana), Riederalp (in Riederalp) and Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG (in Fiesch in Valais). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and stroll through Swiss Ski School Saas Fee.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt vacation planner.

Drive from Lake Maggiore to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, Switzerland

— 5 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: Anzere (in Anzere), Eglise St Germain (in Saviese) and Fondation Opale (in Lens). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Montreux road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Geneva, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 13th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip website.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Geneva, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Tours · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.