15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Hofkirche, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, head outdoors with Hallenbad City, take a stroll through Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planning tool .

Ottawa, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Ottawa to Zurich. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ottawa in April, with highs in Zurich at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

1
night
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 17th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis.

To find ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg trip planning app .

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 April, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg ©

3
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Bern (Aare River & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Interlaken visit site .

You can drive from Engelberg to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Bern, Lauterbrunnen
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, grab a seat and go on Gornergrat, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip maker website .

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Geneva holiday maker website .

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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