12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lucerne
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Manchester

2
nights
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 29th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation). Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva attractions planner .

Manchester, UK to Geneva is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Geneva is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in July; daily highs in Geneva reach 32°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish church of St Mauritius, and finally browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Museums
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©

4
nights
Interlaken

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.
Step out of Interlaken with an excursion to The Eiger Trail in Grindelwald--about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken travel route website .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Interlaken are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald, Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Fraumünster Church, Lake Zurich, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip website .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Lucerne sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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