15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Lucerne
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Lucerne — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Lucerne and Titlis. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Sackelamtshusli (in Schaffhausen), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Zurich (Uetliberg Mountain, Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary planning tool.

Washington, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Lucerne. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gimmelwald.
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Gimmelwald — 2 nights

Gimmelwald is a small village in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, halfway up the mountain between Stechelberg and Mürren, at an elevation of 1363 meters (4472 feet). Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Gimmelwald online vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Lucerne to Gimmelwald with the Route module. In May, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn and then take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To find maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Gimmelwald to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally stroll around Jardin Anglais.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Geneva are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Bern driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling 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.