16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
1
Zurich
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Interlaken
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
End: Zurich

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In April, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Hans Waldmann Statue ©
Hans Waldmann Statue

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 30th (Thu), snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers and then stroll through Titlis.

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Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Vogts Corner and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch.

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Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail

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nights
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.
Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, and get outside with BOHAG Helikopterrundflug.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Interlaken travel itinerary planner.

Interlaken is very close to Grindelwald. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Murmelweg Wanderung and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, then make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy. On the 11th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne journey app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Castle of Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon
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Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

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Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the activities along Egelsee, then take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and finally get outside with Elfenau.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bern trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Lausanne to Bern by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Elfenau ©
Elfenau
Barenpark ©
Barenpark

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