15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Bern
— 2 nights
Train
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Zurich
— 5 nights
Drive
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Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to Parasailing & Paragliding and Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Step out of Bern with an excursion to Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bern travel route builder website.

Doha, Qatar to Bern is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Bern is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in January, expect Bern to be colder, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:

Engelberg

— 1 night
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors · Nature · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Mon), pick up some new knowledge with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and then stop by Laderach. Keep things going the next day: hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online holiday planner.

Getting from Engelberg to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 11:

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and then see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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Geneva

— 3 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 13th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then stop by Molard Souvenirs. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then walk around Jardin Anglais, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · 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.