6 days in Switzerland Itinerary

6 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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6 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Barcelona
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Geneva
— 1 night
train:  45​min
Lausanne
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Bern
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Zurich
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Basel
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
Barcelona

1
day
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Geneva is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In September, Geneva is a bit cooler than Barcelona - with highs of 24°C and lows of 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lausanne.

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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

1
day
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Lausanne.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Lausanne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
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Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

few
hours
Bern

Bern
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip builder.

You can drive from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 10°C. On the 3rd (Sun), you're off toZurich.

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Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Basel.

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Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

2
days
Basel

Basel
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Rathaus (Municipio), look for gifts at Stadtmarkt, then take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, and finally take the plunge with a skydiving experience. On the next day, examine the collection at HoosesaggMuseeum, explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel, and finally make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Basel itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Zurich to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Fondation Beyeler
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel

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