16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland route builder

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Bern
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Lugano
— 1 night
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Grindelwald
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Lausanne
— 1 night
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Geneva
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, then stop by Matte, then ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, then get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, and finally identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Bern is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Bern is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in October, Bern is a bit cooler at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 21st (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum and then examine the collection at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Zurich by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Sat), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus. On your second day here, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip website.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Lugano

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Lido di Lugano, make a trip to Centro storico Gandria, then stroll through Lido San Domenico, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Rocco. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at Monte San Giorgio and then see the interesting displays at Museo e Fondazione Hermann Hesse.

Before you visit Lugano, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Lugano, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Interlaken

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh, then identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Interlaken trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lugano in October; daily highs in Interlaken reach 16°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Stockalper Palace and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at The Matterhorn and Clay Shoot Zermatt. Venture out of the city with trips to Thermalquellen Brigerbad (in Brig), Chanton Weine (in Visp) and Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (in Naters). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, hike along 5-Seenweg, and see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Zermatt tour itinerary website.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 1st (Mon), you're off to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

Grindelwald

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover how to plan a Grindelwald trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Lausanne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Lausanne

— 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne day trip website.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

Geneva

— 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.
To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip planner.

Getting from Lausanne to Geneva by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Geneva are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:

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.