10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Interlaken
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— 4 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Interlaken — 2 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Buchhandlung Boedeli will thrill your kids. Visiting Trümmelbachfälle and Staubbach Waterfall will get you outdoors. Step out of Interlaken to go to Grindelwald and see Grindelwald-First, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Harderkulm, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Interlaken trip website.

Washington, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 18.5-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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Interlaken at 63°F and lows at 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Geneva.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then stroll around Jardin Anglais, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Kids will enjoy Lake Zurich and Rigi. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Uetliberg Mountain (in Zurich). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Gallus Catholic Church, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Stadt Luzern, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Geneva to Lucerne by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.