15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland route planner
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Engelberg
— 1 night
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum Rietberg and Musee Visionnaire Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell), Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), visit Niederdorf, and take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zurich online sightseeing planner.

London, UK to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Zurich. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Engelberg.
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Engelberg — 1 night

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): hit the slopes at Titlis and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Engelberg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Bern.
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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 15th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then shop like a local with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and finally admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of Communication, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeunes Rives, then get some fabulous bargains at Ambra Minerals, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Magdalena Hermitage.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern attractions planner.

Getting from Engelberg to Bern by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Laderach, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gornergrat, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then take in the awesome beauty at Pollux, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt day trip site.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, look for gifts at O'Coeur des Reves ..., then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and finally examine the collection at HR Giger Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Montreux road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
On the 21st (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Port-Choiseul. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva vacation maker app.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can fly 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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