41 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

41 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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41 days in Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
Drive:  1​h
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Locarno, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Murren, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  15​min
8
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
cable car:  30​min
9
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
10
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  45​min
11
Meiringen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
12
Gadmen, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
13
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
14
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
End: Milan, Italy

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
When in Lugano, make a side trip to see Agriloro in Genestrerio, approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Giorgio, stroll through Monte San Salvatore, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lugano online trip itinerary planner .

Milan, Italy to Lugano is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train. April in Lugano sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Swissminiatur, Fox Town Factory Stores, Monte San Giorgio, Monte Tamaro, Cimitero Monumentale
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Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte San Giorgio ©
Monte San Giorgio

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nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Step out of Locarno to go to Bellinzona and see Castelli di Bellinzona, which is approximately 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Michele, stop by La Casa Del Te, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, and see human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Locarno using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Locarno takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Locarno can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Lungolago Di Ascona
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Chiesa di San Michele ©
Chiesa di San Michele
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

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nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Zermatt planner .

Take a train from Locarno to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Clay Shoot Zermatt ©
Clay Shoot Zermatt

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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and then try your luck at Casino de Montreux.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Montreux road trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Parks Casinos

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyeres ©
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, then examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, and finally don't miss a visit to Musee Gruerien. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Schwarzsee Lac Noir, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bulle, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Mont Pelerin TV Tower.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Gruyeres route builder tool .

You can drive from Montreux to Gruyeres in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bulle, Mont Pelerin TV Tower, Schwarzsee Lac Noir, Cathedrale St-Nicolas
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Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then appreciate the history behind Barenpark, and finally don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, explore the activities along Aare River, admire the local landmark of Simsonbrunnen, then ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, and finally take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bern vacation planner.

You can drive from Gruyeres to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Bern are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Murren.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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Murren, Switzerland

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 7th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg and then get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Murren itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Murren takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Step out of Lauterbrunnen with an excursion to Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee in Thun--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, get outside with Air-Glaciers, S.A., admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen itinerary planner .

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Murren. On the 11th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can do a combination of to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Air-Glaciers, S.A. ©
Air-Glaciers, S.A.

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nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen--about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald day trip planning app .

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Alpiglen ©
Alpiglen

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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Nature Park Blausee (in Blausee-Mitholz), Tropenhaus Frutigen (in Frutigen) and Adelboden (in Adelboden). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, get your game on at Heidi's Photo Chalet, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip planner .

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Meiringen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Niederhorn Cable-car, Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, St. Beatus Hoehlen, Adelboden, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Meiringen, Switzerland

Meiringen ©
Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Explore Meiringen's surroundings by going to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Fiesch in Valais) and Sachseln (Geographic Center of Switzerland & Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Michel, step into the grandiose world of Restiturm, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lungernersee.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Meiringen road trip planner .

Meiringen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. In May, daily temperatures in Meiringen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Gadmen.

Things to do in Meiringen

Nature Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sachseln, Lungern, Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui ©
Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui
Alpbachschlucht ©
Alpbachschlucht

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Gadmen, Switzerland

Gadmen ©
Gadmen is a former municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.On 1 January 2014, the former municipality of Gadmen merged into the municipality of Innertkirchen.The name Gadmen comes from the Old High German "gadum," meaning barn or small house, and was first mentioned in 1382.The municipality is in a municipal partnership with Volketswil in the Canton of Zürich.HistoryGadmen is first mentioned in 1382 as im Gadmen.During the Middle Ages, the Gadmen area was part of the Vogtei of Hasli and part of the Meiringen parish. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Gelmersee, make a trip to Grimsel Pass, and then take in the awesome beauty at Nufenen Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Sustenpass and then cruise along Furka Pass.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gadmen trip planning site .

Gadmen is just a stone's throw from Meiringen. In May, daily temperatures in Gadmen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 25th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Gadmen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grimsel Pass, Rhone Glacier, Nufenen Pass, Gelmersee, Furka Pass
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Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
Gelmersee ©
Gelmersee
Grimsel Pass ©
Grimsel Pass

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. On your second day here, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip planner .

You can drive from Gadmen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Zurich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 28th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco. Keep things going the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca di Brera, and then contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Milan online day trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Milan in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in May, things will get a bit warmer in Milan: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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