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 Harderkulm. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and Interlaken (Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, steep yourself in history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), examine the collection at Musee International d'Horlogerie, and take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern online travel route planner.

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. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Bern at 66°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montreux.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Tours
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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 15th (Sat): explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

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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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Wineries
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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 some cultural insight at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. When in Geneva, make a side trip to see l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne in Aubonne, approximately Aubonne away. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

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Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough 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.
You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town and Bourbaki Panorama. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Uetliberg Mountain, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern, and see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne online itinerary maker.

Fly from Geneva to Lucerne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Museum Appenzell, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Schaukaserei, then take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then make a splash at Santispark, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Laurenzen.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Appenzell in 2 hours. In May in Appenzell, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.
Museums · Theme Parks · Tours · Shopping
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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.