10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lucerne
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Jesuitenkirche. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Landesmuseum, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Markuskirche.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip tool.

Washington, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in May, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Geneva.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Geneva — 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Go for a jaunt from Geneva to Lausanne to see Cathedrale de Lausanne about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Geneva in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Geneva are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, 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.

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You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bern.
Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites
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Bern — 2 nights

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 20th (Thu): explore the galleries of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bern attractions planning tool.

Drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Bern sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 44°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors
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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.