22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Drive:  1​h
1
Lucerne
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Lugano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Geneva
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Basel
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Zurich

5
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Pilatus. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Lucerne and Rhine Falls. Bring the kids along to Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Zoo Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, & more). There's much more to do: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning app .

Zurich to Lucerne is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Zurich, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

3
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Lugano and Monte San Salvatore. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Bellinzona (Castelgrande & Castelli di Bellinzona). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, don't miss a visit to Swissminiatur, stroll around Parco Civico, and look for gifts at Inperfetta Vintage.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lugano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lugano when traveling from Lucerne in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Swissminiatur, Fox Town Factory Stores
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Monte Bre ©
Monte Bre

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Interlaken tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Lugano to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect Interlaken to be little chillier, temps between 26°C and 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Trümmelbachfälle
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
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 7th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt travel route planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

5
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.
Bring the kids along to Chaplin's World and CERN. Get in touch with nature at Lake Geneva and Mont Saleve. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva holiday site .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Freddie Mercury Statue, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World, Castle of Gruyeres
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve

4
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Zoo Basel and Naturhistorisches Museum Basel. Go for a jaunt from Basel to Kerzers to see Papiliorama about 1h 35 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, don't miss a visit to Basel Main Station, and see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Basel trip planner.

Drive from Geneva to Basel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Basel sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Basel

Zoos & Aquariums Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fondation Beyeler, Papiliorama
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Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel
Papiliorama ©
Papiliorama
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel ©
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

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