13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Zurich
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Zermatt
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandersteg
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Gstaad
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Chicago

1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take a stroll through Niederdorf, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Capuchin Friary, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil, then steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, and finally explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online tour builder.

Chicago, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Chicago to Zurich, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chicago in June, with highs in Zurich at 74°F and lows at 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Rapperswil
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Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden ©
Schloss Rapperswil ©
Schloss Rapperswil
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Pilatus Luzern, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lucerne online route builder.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

3
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Trummelbach Gletscherwasserfalle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take some stellar pictures from Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Murren, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, North face Trail
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Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
North face Trail ©
North face Trail

1
night
Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Tue), take a memorable drive along Gornergrat and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt visit planner.

You can take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandersteg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

1
night
Kandersteg

Kandersteg ©
Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): get outside with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandersteg road trip app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Kandersteg. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Gstaad.

Things to do in Kandersteg

Outdoors

Side Trip

Lotschberg Base Tunnel
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Lotschberg Base Tunnel ©
Lotschberg Base Tunnel

2
nights
Gstaad

Gstaad ©
Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): hike along Lake Lauenen - Geltenhutte SAC - Lauenensee, admire the striking features of Historical village of Saanen, and then fly down the slopes at Wispile. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Col du Pillon-Lake Retaud-Lake Arnen-Feutersoey, tour the pleasant surroundings at Col du Pillon - Glacier 3000 - Sanetsch - Gsteig, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lauenensee Loop Trail, then make a trip to Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile, and finally hike along Yehudi Menuhin's Philosophers Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Gstaad trip maker app.

You can drive from Kandersteg to Gstaad in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gstaad

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Historical village of Saanen
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Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Eglise Saint Theodule ©
Eglise Saint Theodule

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