15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Bern
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Bern — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step out of the city life by going to Jungfraujoch and Parasailing & Paragliding. For shopping fun, head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern or Central Railroad Station. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Grindelwald (Grindelwald Museum, Maennlichen, &more), Bachmann's Alphorn Macherei (in Eggiwil) and Interlaken (Harderkulm & Schlosskirche). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bern online trip builder.

Washington, USA to Bern is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Bern due to the time zone difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: high temperatures in Bern hover around 66°F and lows are around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Montreux.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
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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 12th (Wed): examine the collection at Chaplin's World, then do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux holiday planner.

Getting from Bern to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wildlife
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and CERN. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery and Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier. Step out of Geneva to go to Aubonne and see l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bains des Paquis.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Geneva vacation builder site.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), Old Town, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rosengart Collection.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Lucerne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.
Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, stop by Appenzeller Schaukaserei, then get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurenzen, and finally admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Appenzell trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Appenzell by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Appenzell are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Museums · Spas · Shopping · Theme Parks
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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.