16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kochi (Cochin)
Fly + Train:  15 h 15 min
1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Basel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Montreux
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
6
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Thu), don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, then examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama, and finally identify plant and animal life at Pilatus Luzern.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Lucerne road trip tool.

Kochi (Cochin), India to Lucerne is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Kochi (Cochin) to Lucerne, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Kochi (Cochin) in April; daily highs in Lucerne reach 17°C and lows reach 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee, Uferpromenade Weggis, Glasi Hergiswil
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern

3
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
You'll explore and learn at Augusta Raurica and Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche. You'll discover tucked-away gems like CHEZ Camille Bloch and Fondation Pour le Cheval. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Horloge a 11 heures (in Solothurn) and Spas (in Biel). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, examine the collection at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, browse the exhibits of Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten, and snap pictures at Mittlere Brucke.

For other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Basel tour planning tool.

Getting from Lucerne to Basel by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Basel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Horloge a 11 heures, CHEZ Camille Bloch, Spas, Augusta Raurica, Spielzeugmuseum Riehen
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Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
CHEZ Camille Bloch ©
CHEZ Camille Bloch
Spielzeugmuseum Riehen ©
Spielzeugmuseum Riehen

1
night
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 28th (Tue), trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, stroll through North face Trail, get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A., then examine the collection at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen, and finally admire the sheer force of Trummelbach Gletscherwasserfalle.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basel to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, North face Trail
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3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee de l'Elysee and Musée de Montreux. Explore hidden gems such as Parc de l'Independance and Vallee du Gotteron. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: Fribourg (Musée d'histoire naturelle, Bern Bridge, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, stroll around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux, admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Montreux trip planner.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Fribourg, Lausanne, Parc de l'Independance
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Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux ©
Musee de l'Elysee ©
Musee de l'Elysee
Vallee du Gotteron ©
Vallee du Gotteron

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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 2nd (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then explore the activities along Stellisee, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oberrothorn. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, then contemplate the waterfront views at Grunsee, and finally stroll through 5-Seenweg.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg
Parasailing & Paragliding
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Air Force Center and Winterthur Trail. Get outdoors at Hallenbad City and Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Sammlung Oskar Reinhart, visit Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, don't miss a visit to Sechselautenplatz, and contemplate the long history of Haus zum Rech.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Winterthur, Air Force Center
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Zunfthaus zur Meisen ©
Zunfthaus zur Meisen
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart ©
Sammlung Oskar Reinhart
Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM) ©
Nordamerika Native Museum (NONAM)

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