18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
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Bern
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Mendrisio
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Zurich
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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Singapore to Zurich is minus 7 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. On the 18th (Sun), you're off to Bern.
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Bern — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg), Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, and make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find photos and more tourist information, read our Bern tour planning app.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 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 21st (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning site.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Ski Zenit in Saas-Fee, approximately Saas-Fee away. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, see the winter wonderland with Sunnegga, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Mendrisio.
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Mendrisio — 2 nights

Mendrisio is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.Mendrisio is the seat of the Accademia di Architettura of the university of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI).The municipality was boosted in size on 4 April 2004 when it incorporated the former municipality of Salorino. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): get great views at Ferrovia Monte Generoso and then buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Alprose Schokolade-Museum, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Giorgio, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendrisio day trip site.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Mendrisio in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of Lucerne to go to Engelberg and see Titlis, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Banneret, and visit Altstadt Luzern.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel planner.

You can take a train from Mendrisio to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 3 nights

Big Small Town

Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 42 minutes away). Explore Zurich further: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday builder website.

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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