12 days in Switzerland, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Madrid & Barcelona Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Barcelona, Spain
— 3 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Calgary


Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Casco Historico de Toledo, Catedral Primada, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll around Parque del Retiro, don't miss a visit to Plaza Mayor, shop like a local with Gran Via, and explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid day trip planning app.

Calgary, Canada to Madrid is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Calgary in February, with highs in Madrid at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Barcelona, Spain

— 3 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for historic sites, parks, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, walk around Parc Guell, shop like a local with La Boqueria, and stop by Las Ramblas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Madrid in February, with highs in Barcelona at 17°C and lows at 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lucerne.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip planning app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Lucerne in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona in February, things will get little chillier in Lucerne: highs are around 7°C and lows about -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay Feb 17 — 18:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, then take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, then admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Bern, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Interlaken vacation website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Interlaken are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Museums · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 1 night
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen tour itinerary planner.

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

Switzerland travel guide

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.