16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland visit planner

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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Locarno
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 25th (Wed), walk around Wildpark Bruderhaus and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Kyburg. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront at Seebad Utoquai, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Zurich is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Dubai in August, things will get much colder in Zurich: highs are around 28°C and lows about 16°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Rosengart Collection and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke). Kids will appreciate attractions like Natur- und Tierpark Goldau and KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, make a trip to The Nine Towers, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

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You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — 30:

Grindelwald

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trift Bridge and Via Ferrata. Venture out of the city with trips to Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Sustenpass (in Gadmen) and Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Faulhorn, hike along North face Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Royal Walk, and visit Alpiglen.

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Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Locarno

— 1 night
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): play a few rounds at Sake Golf, don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta, and then see the interesting displays at Ghisla Art Collection.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Locarno trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Locarno in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and tram; or take a train. In September in Locarno, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Locarno

Golf · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the views from Hangebrucke, explore the activities along Riffelsee, and then explore the activities along Stellisee. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, and then make a trip to Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt attractions website.

You can drive from Locarno to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of tram and train; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 6th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Pointe de la Jonction, then take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge, and then look for gifts at Molard Souvenirs. Keep things going the next day: walk around Parc Olympique, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva attractions planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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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.