10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip itinerary planner
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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Bern
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Bern — 1 day

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bern trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Washington, USA to Bern is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bern. Traveling from Washington in May, expect Bern to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Montreux — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and finally go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Geneva — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Geneva driving holiday app.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Old Town and Hofkirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Landesmuseum, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne route planner.

You can fly from Geneva to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Appenzell.
Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature
Side Trip
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 19th (Wed), admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, then get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Appenzell travel planning app.

Drive from Lucerne to Appenzell in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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Switzerland travel guide

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.