16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland Trip Planner
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Basel
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Lausanne
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Lugano
— 3 nights
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Richard Wagner Museum. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten) and Strandbad Lido. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Hofstetten bei Brienz) and Interlaken (The Mad Cow & Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, explore the world behind art at Museum Rosengart Collection, pick up some new knowledge with Max Chocolatier, and explore the wide array of goods at Bucherer.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour planner.

London, UK to Lucerne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Lucerne. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in June: highs in Lucerne hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Jean Tinguely Museum and Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing. Museum-lovers will get to explore Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel and Fondation Beyeler. Venture out of the city with trips to St. Ursenkathedrale (in Soleure) and Bern (Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through CityBeach Messe, make a trip to Markthalle Basel, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Basel, and look for gifts at Laderach Clarashopping.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Basel trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Lucerne to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. June in Basel sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lausanne.
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Lausanne — 5 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Collection de l'Art Brut and Musee International d'Horlogerie. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts and Musée d'art et d'histoire. Get out of town with these interesting Lausanne side-trips: Plage de Saint-Aubin (in Saint-Aubin), Labelplage (in Rolle) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Watch Museum of Le Locle, look for gifts at Laduree Lausanne, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Morges, and add some adventure to your tour with Paddle-Center Lutry Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lausanne online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.
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Lugano — 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Lido di Lugano and Lido di Agno. Shop till you drop at Baba J and L'Enoteca di via Cantonale - Le Cantine Lucchini. Venture out of the city with trips to Termali Salini & Spa Locarno (in Locarno) and Lido Ascona (in Ascona). The adventure continues: stop by Emerold board shop and pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Lugano takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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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.
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