20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip itinerary planner

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Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Zurich

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Hofkirche are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Station, &more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, make a trip to Kirche St. Jakob, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Lugano.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 17:

Lugano

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 18th (Thu), explore the activities along Lake Lugano, explore the ancient world of Monte San Giorgio, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro storico Gandria. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso.

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You can fly from Zurich to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Lugano, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

Interlaken

— 5 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schlosskirche and Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Murren (Via Ferrata & Blumental Panorama Trail) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Interlaken itinerary builder.

Getting from Lugano to Interlaken by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lugano in June; daily highs in Interlaken reach 72°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 19 — 24:

Zermatt

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Visit Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" for their historical value. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zermatt holiday app.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 24 — 28:

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chillon and Vieille-Ville de Montreux. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:

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.