16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland journey planner

Make it your trip
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne sightseeing planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Lucerne is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Lucerne. In August, Lucerne is much colder than Dubai - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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Grindelwald

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen, about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and trek along Lieselotte Trail.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald visit planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Interlaken

— 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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken road trip planner.

Interlaken is very close to Grindelwald. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Barenpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Bern.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bern holiday builder app.

Drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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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.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, and take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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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 27th (Fri), ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geneva vacation planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

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.