22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sils im Engadin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Locarno
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
5
Lauterbrunnen
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Bern
— 1 day
7
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
8
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Roanoke

2
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 Free Walk Lucerne as well as Lake Lucerne. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then get the lay of the land with Free Walk Lucerne, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

Roanoke, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Roanoke to Lucerne due to the time zone difference. In August, Lucerne is slightly colder than Roanoke - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sils im Engadin.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Tours
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Free Walk Lucerne ©
Free Walk Lucerne

4
nights
Sils im Engadin

Sils im Engadin ©
Go for a jaunt from Sils im Engadin to Filisur to see Landwasser Viaduct about 1h 15 min away.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sils im Engadin vacation planning site .

Sils im Engadin is just a short distance from St. Moritz. In August, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. You'll set off for Locarno on the 17th (Sat).

Things to do in Sils im Engadin

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Landwasser Viaduct
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Landwasser Viaduct ©
Landwasser Viaduct

3
nights
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio and Malcantone Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Falconeria Locarno and Parco delle Gole della Breggia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Locarno: Val Fex (in Sils im Engadin) and Sasso Corbaro Castle (in Bellinzona).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Locarno travel route website .

Traveling by car from Sils im Engadin to Locarno takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Sils im Engadin in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Locarno: highs are around 81°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Parco delle Gole della Breggia, Val Fex, Castle of Sasso Corbaro, Malcantone Museum, Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio ©

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning tool .

You can take a train from Locarno to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. You'll set off for Lauterbrunnen on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Zermatt

Museums
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Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

5
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lauterbrunnen Village, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bergrestaurant Aellfluh and 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen day trip website .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village

1
day
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern as well as Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum. Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Burgdorf Castle, make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Burgdorf Castle
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Burgdorf Castle ©
Burgdorf Castle

2
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Lake Geneva, Palais des Nations, Genève, Fromagerie Bruand, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): engage your brain at CERN, then indulge your taste buds at Fromagerie Bruand, and then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Childrens Museums Shopping
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
CERN
CERN

1
night
Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums
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