10 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Basel
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Basel
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 1 night
Train
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Zermatt
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Basel — 1 night

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, explore the world behind art at Museum Tinguely, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then get engrossed in the history at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, and finally don't miss a visit to Muensterplatz.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Basel trip itinerary website.

Washington, USA to Basel is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Basel due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Basel: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 40°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 29th (Thu), stroll through Mt Pilatus, take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, see the interesting displays at Museum Rosengart Collection, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten). On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lugano.
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, stroll around Parco Ciani, get great views at Monte San Salvatore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, and finally take a memorable excursion with Cardada. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Falconeria Locarno, appreciate the views at Valle Verzasca, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then stroll around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa, and finally take some stellar pictures from Monte Bre.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano travel route planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lugano, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at Lauterbrunnen Village, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get great views at Harderkulm, and finally explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken route planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Interlaken takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lugano in May, with highs in Interlaken at 63°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 1 night

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 4th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Geneve, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de l'Independance, then take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, and finally admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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