16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland travel planner

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Geneva
— 1 night
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 1 night
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Lugano
— 1 night
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Interlaken
— 3 nights
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Geneva
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Geneva

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Rolle, and then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 10th (Tue), you're off to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montreux

— 2 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 10th (Tue), admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Montreux trip planner.

Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 12th (Thu), examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Zermatt

Shopping · Museums

Lugano

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get in on the excitement at Lido di Lugano, then explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, and then make a trip to Piazza della Riforma.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano trip builder site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In May in Lugano, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Beaches

Side Trip

Interlaken

— 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Village and St. Beatus Hoehlen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Oberhofen Castle and Thun-Panorama. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli in Gimmelwald--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, identify plant and animal life at Heimwehfluh, stop by The Mad Cow, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Schwimmbad Merligen.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken online visit planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Lugano in May: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 20°C and lows are around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Seebad Eich.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've now added Landesmuseum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter, then stop by Confiserie Sprungli, then make a trip to Schloss Rapperswil, and finally take in the views from Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Zoological Museum, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall, then get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai, and finally examine the collection at Air Force Center.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich online holiday planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. May in Zurich sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 21st (Sat), ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, visit Matte, then contemplate the long history of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at French Church, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, then examine the collection at Museum of Communication, then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Geneva

Capital of Peace

On the 23rd (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, then take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis, and then stop by Molard Souvenirs.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Geneva tour planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

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.