18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland visit planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
1
Zurich
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Geneva
— 2 nights
car:  4​h
3
Zermatt
— 5 nights
car:  3​h
4
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Zurich

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Bahnhofstrasse and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Altstadt Luzern, & more) and Val Mustair (in Mustair). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and stop by Barenland.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. April in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Val Mustair
Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 6:
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary builder site .

You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Intercontinental Church Society and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz. Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Tourbillon in Sion (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, stop by Jack Wolfskin Store, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Riffelberg "Bruder Klaus".

Plan my day in Zermatt using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Chateau de Tourbillon
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Restiturm. Take a break from the city and head to Heimwehfluh and Alpenwildpark. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Jeunes Rives (in Neuchatel), Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, delve into the distant past at Unspunnen Castle, appreciate the extensive heritage of Weissenau Castle, and play a few rounds at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen.

Find out how to plan Interlaken trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Meiringen, Castle of Gruyeres, Jeunes Rives, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Find places to stay May 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Heimwehfluh ©
Heimwehfluh
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

Similar Plans

22 days in Zurich BY A USER FROM BRAZIL May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Frankfurt, Austria & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Zurich & South Korea BY A USER FROM THAILAND July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 20 days in Frankfurt, Austria & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 21 days in Italy, France & Geneva BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, relaxing, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, relaxing, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 22 days in Iceland & Switzerland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Zurich BY A USER FROM INDIA May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Zurich BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Geneva, Gruyeres & Paris BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Switzerland & Paris BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Zurich BY A USER FROM INDIA June, popular sights PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans