16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip builder site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Nine Towers and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planning site.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Winter Sports

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at Vogts Corner and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail and then get great views at Jungfraujoch.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald travel route planner.

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

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take a memorable drive along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip 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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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at 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 find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Zermatt road trip app.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Tours
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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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, don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy. On your second day here, step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 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 Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Gruyeres Castle
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Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) ©

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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 12th (Tue): admire the striking features of 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. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then contemplate the waterfront views at Egelsee, then take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and finally get outside with Elfenau.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Bern road trip planning app.

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train 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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