16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
2
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Vevey
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
5
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
7
Locarno
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
8
Ascona
— 1 day
Drive:  15​min
9
Locarno
— 1 night
train:  30​min
10
Bellinzona
— 1 day
train:  30​min
11
Locarno
— 1 night
train:  2​h
12
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
13
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Hong Kong

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Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich online itinerary planner .

Hong Kong, China to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Hong Kong to Zurich, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, you will find days in Zurich are slightly colder (30°C), and nights are much colder (17°C). You will leave for Basel on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Tours
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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Munster, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Elisabethenkirche, and finally don't miss a visit to Basel Main Station. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, steep yourself in history at Basel Badischer Bahnhof, don't miss a visit to Rathaus, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

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

Getting from Zurich to Basel by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, Fondation Beyeler
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Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel

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Montreux

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 28th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Memorial.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planning website .

Getting from Basel to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Vevey.

Things to do in Montreux

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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Vevey

Vevey ©
Vevey is a town in Switzerland in the canton Vaud, on the north shore of Lake Geneva, near Lausanne.It was the seat of the district of the same name until 2006, and is now part of the Riviera-Pays-d'Enhaut District. On the 30th (Mon), examine the collection at Nest, make a trip to Nestle Headquarters (Palais Nestle), explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, then take in panoramic vistas at Mont Pelerin TV Tower, and finally appreciate the history behind Charlie Chaplin Statue.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vevey trip app .

Vevey is very close to Montreux. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Vevey

Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Mont Pelerin TV Tower
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Charlie Chaplin Statue ©
Charlie Chaplin Statue
Mont Pelerin TV Tower ©
Mont Pelerin TV Tower

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Montreux

Montreux ©
To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner.

Montreux is very close to Vevey. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Casinos Fun & Games
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Casino de Montreux ©
Casino de Montreux

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Bern

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, then savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Montreux to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in Bern

Outdoors Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Interlaken
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Locarno trip planning app .

Drive from Bern to Locarno in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Locarno when traveling from Bern in August, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ascona.

Things to do in Locarno

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno

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Ascona

Ascona ©
Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): putt your heart out at Minigolf Ascona, make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Pietro e Paolo, then don't miss a visit to Piazza G. Motta, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Isole di Brissago.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ascona trip site .

Ascona is very close to Locarno. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Ascona

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Isole di Brissago
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Isole di Brissago ©
Isole di Brissago
Piazza G. Motta ©
Piazza G. Motta
Lungolago Di Ascona ©
Lungolago Di Ascona

1
night
Locarno

Locarno
To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Locarno trip planner .

Locarno is just a short distance from Ascona. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Locarno

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): kick your exploration up a notch at Monte Tamaro, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Bellinzona holiday builder .

Bellinzona is very close to Locarno. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Monte Tamaro
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro

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night
Locarno

Locarno ©
To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Locarno trip planner .

Locarno is very close to Bellinzona. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow time for the train ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks
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Verzasca Dam ©
Verzasca Dam
Piazza Grande ©
Piazza Grande

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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 6th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne sightseeing planner .

Getting from Locarno to Lucerne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Locarno in August; daily highs in Lucerne reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Beaches
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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Zurich

Zurich ©
On the 8th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich online trip builder .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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