21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
+2
Fly + foot + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lenk im Simmental
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lauterbrunnen
— Few hours
cable car:  30​min
5
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Interlaken
— 4 nights
train:  30​min
7
Brienz
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Glarus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Montreux trip itinerary builder .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Montreux is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Montreux. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Escape the urban bustle at Creux du Van and Thunersee. Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and pause for some photo ops at Simsonbrunnen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern travel tool .

Getting from Montreux to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thunersee, Creux du Van
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

1
night
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Lenk im Simmental by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Fun & Games Wildlife
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Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG ©
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG

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hours
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. On the 9th (Wed), you're off toGrindelwald.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stop by Mont -Bell Grindelwald and then hike along The Eiger Trail. On your second day here, trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take a stroll through Alpiglen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary planning website .

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kleine Scheidegg
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Maennlichen Royal Walk ©
Maennlichen Royal Walk
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

4
nights
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.
Visit Oberhofen Castle and Schlosskirche for their historical value. Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Go for a jaunt from Interlaken to Meiringen to see Reichenbach Falls about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Haarige Kuh Brauerei, and enjoy breathtaking views from Schynige Platte.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interlaken travel planner .

Interlaken is very close to Grindelwald. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brienz.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Schynige Platte, Reichenbach Falls, Oberhofen Castle, Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, St. Beatus Hoehlen
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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nights
Brienz

Brienz ©
With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then explore the ancient world of Restiturm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle, and then trek along Axalp.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Brienz trip planner .

Brienz is very close to Interlaken. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Brienz

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Meiringen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Axalp ©
Axalp
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, and finally shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Peter’s Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, then identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip tool .

Getting from Brienz to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Glarus.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Biosphaere Entlebuch ©
Biosphaere Entlebuch

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night
Glarus

Glarus ©
Glarus is the capital of the canton of Glarus in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Klontalersee, then look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Stadtkirche.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glarus tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lucerne to Glarus. In October, daytime highs in Glarus are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Glarus

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Klontalersee ©
Klontalersee
Stadtkirche ©
Stadtkirche

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nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Your inner history buff will appreciate Fraumünster Church and Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery). Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Glarus to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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