18 days in Switzerland & Varenna Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland & Varenna Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Varenna, Italy
— 4 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Appenzell (St Mauritius Church & Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG), Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch (in Urnaesch) and Landsgemeindeplatz (in Trogen). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Schipfe 51 Jackson, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in May, with highs in Zurich at 65°F and lows at 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. You'll get in some beach time at Seebad Eich and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee. Step out of Lucerne to go to Engelberg and see Titlis, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne tour builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis
Rigi ©
Rigi

2
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A., and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For maps and tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen road trip site.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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 Lake Brienz. UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Axalp (in Brienz), Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, The Cathedral of Bern, &more). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen and kick back and relax at Schwimmbad Merligen.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken online trip builder.

Interlaken is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. In June in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Wed), get outside with Gornergrat, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zermatt journey tool.

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Varenna.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Transportation
Find places to stay Jun 8 — 9:
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Fly Fish Zermatt ©
Fly Fish Zermatt
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Varenna, Italy

Varenna ©
Varenna is a comune (municipality) on Lake Como in the Province of Lecco in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 60km north of Milan and about 20km northwest of Lecco.Varenna was founded by local fishermen in 769, and was later allied of the commune of Milan. Do some cultural sightseeing at Villa Carlotta and Forte Montecchio Nord. Get in touch with nature at Spiaggia Tranquilla and Riva Bianca Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Varenna: Santuario Della Madonna delle Grazie di San Martino (in Griante), Lido di Lenno (in Lenno) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Chiosco Villa Carlotta). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Giorgio, take in breathtaking views at Orrido di Bellano, and take a stroll through Menaggio.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Varenna route planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Varenna. In June, daytime highs in Varenna are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Varenna

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 13:
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Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta
Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Castello di Vezio ©
Castello di Vezio

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