14 days in Switzerland & Belgium Itinerary

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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly
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Bruges, Belgium
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Harderkulm and Aare Gorge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trümmelbachfälle and Lake Brienz. Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to Grindelwald-First in Grindelwald--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Interlaken is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Interlaken due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in July; daily highs in Interlaken reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, get interesting insight from Tours, trek along 5 Lakes Walk, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip app.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, and then see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreux journey planning website.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to fly to Bruges.
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Bruges, Belgium — 3 nights

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Our Lady Bruges and Bourgogne des Flandres Brewery. Appreciate the collections at Atlantikwall Raversyde and Choco-Story - The Chocolate Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Gravensteen in Ghent (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, admire the landmark architecture of Belfry of Bruges, contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and admire the masterpieces at Groeningemuseum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges trip planner.

Fly from Montreux to Bruges in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Brussels.
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Brussels, Belgium — 3 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, then contemplate the long history of Grand Place, and finally pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), explore the world behind art at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, then see the interesting displays at Atomium, and finally admire the masterpieces at René Magritte Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brussels day trip planning app.

Getting from Bruges to Brussels by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brussels can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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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.
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Belgium travel guide

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A small country packing a big punch in terms of tourist attractions, Belgium sits at the crossroads of Western Europe, its cities soaked in history and famed for their lively arts, fashion, and dining scenes. Although it advertises itself simply as "A Food Lover's Dream," this country of just 11 million people boasts a rich architectural heritage, world-famous breweries, pristine natural areas, and touching memorials marking major battlegrounds from both World War I and World War II. Put the country's elegant cities of Brussels and Bruges at the top of your itinerary, but don't forget that Belgium's less-explored countryside offers dense forests, rolling hills, and lush valleys.
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