13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
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Zurich
— 1 night
Drive
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Zermatt
— 1 night
Train
5
Kandersteg
— 1 night
Drive
6
Gstaad
— 2 nights
Drive to Bern Belp Airport, Fly to Chicago Midway International Airport

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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil, and finally steep yourself in history at Capuchin Friary. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, then get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and finally wander the streets of Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Zurich. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Lucerne

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, explore the galleries of Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Lauterbrunnen

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the next day, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, hike along Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Wed), fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Kandersteg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games · Nature
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Kandersteg

Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. On the 11th (Thu), get outside with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandersteg travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Kandersteg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Gstaad.

Things to do in Kandersteg

Outdoors

Side Trip

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Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Gstaad

Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. On the 12th (Fri), hike along Yehudi Menuhin's Philosophers Trail, don't miss a visit to Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile, and then stroll through Lake Lauenen - Geltenhutte SAC - Lauenensee. On your second day here, go for a walk through Wispile, then admire the landmark architecture of Historical village of Saanen, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lauenensee Loop Trail, and finally stroll through Col du Pillon - Glacier 3000 - Sanetsch - Gsteig.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gstaad online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kandersteg to Gstaad in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gstaad

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.