12 days in Switzerland & New York City Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & New York City Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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New York City, United States
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich online trip builder.

Nashville, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Nashville in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 67°F and lows are around 51°F. On the 1st (Wed), you'll travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 1 night

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.
For photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Geneva vacation maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 70°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Highlights from your trip

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 3rd (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 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.
Take a break from Interlaken with a short trip to Aare Gorge in Meiringen, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, admire all the interesting features of Schynige Platte, and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken road trip planning tool.

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Grindelwald. In September, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 7th (Tue), you'll travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, then get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern, and then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planning site.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to New York City.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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New York City, United States

— 1 night

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, walk around The High Line, and then make a trip to Empire State Building.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New York City tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Zurich to New York City in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Zurich to New York City. In September, New York City is a bit warmer than Zurich - with highs of 80°F and lows of 66°F. You'll have a few hours on the 11th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
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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.