16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  10 h
1
Zurich
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Geneva
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
6
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  10 h
End: Boston

few
hours
Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary app.

Boston, USA to Zurich is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Boston to Zurich. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Boston in August: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 76°F and lows are around 57°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Lucerne is known for nature, childrens museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, see the interesting displays at Schachmuseum, take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, and get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne journey planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In August in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

3
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
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.
Interlaken is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Interlaken holiday app.

Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Maennlichen
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planning tool.

Getting from Interlaken to Bern by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Bern sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
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 16th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and then make a trip to The Flower Clock. On the next day, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Geneva sightseeing planning app.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Beaches
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montreux (Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Queen Studio Experience, &more), Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), take in nature's colorful creations at Alpengarten La Rambertia, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, and take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy.

To find where to stay and other tourist information, use the Lausanne online visit planner.

You can take a train from Geneva to Lausanne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montreux, Creux du Van, Gruyeres Castle, Distillery d'Absinthe Artemisia-Bugnon, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

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night
Zurich

Zurich ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Lausanne to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

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