18 days in Switzerland & Varenna Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Varenna Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Varenna, Italy
— 4 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Landsgemeindeplatz (in Trogen), Appenzell (St Mauritius Church & Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG) and Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch (in Urnaesch). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Schipfe 51 Jackson, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in May, with highs in Zurich at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Titlis will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Seebad Eich and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne day trip website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A., and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen road trip site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 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 in touch with nature at Harderkulm and Lake Brienz. UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and The Cathedral of Bern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald), Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), &more) and Axalp (in Brienz). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen and kick back and relax at Schwimmbad Merligen.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken online trip builder.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. In June in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Varenna, Italy

— 4 nights
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Carlotta and Basilica di San Giacomo. Get in touch with nature at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Lago di Como. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Chiosco Villa Carlotta) and Lido di Lenno (in Lenno). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, stop by Menaggio, kick back and relax at Riva Bianca Beach, and take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano.

For other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Varenna trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Varenna. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.