11 days in Norway & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Norway & Switzerland Itinerary

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Oslo, Norway
— 3 nights
Bergen, Norway
— 1 night
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night


Oslo, Norway — 3 nights

Norway's capital city, Oslo boasts a thousand years of history and a diverse mix of architecture that blends old, new, and ultra-modern.
Oslo is known for museums, nightlife, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Vigeland Museum, step into the grandiose world of Akershus Castle and Fortress (Akershus Slott og Festning), see the interesting displays at Holmenkollen Ski Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Fram Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oslo road trip site.

Accra, Ghana to Oslo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Accra to Oslo. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Accra in September; daily highs in Oslo reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Bergen.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Bergen, Norway — 1 night

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
On the 13th (Tue), browse the eclectic array of goods at Fish Market, then take in the waterfront at Bryggen, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, and finally take an in-depth tour of Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bergen route planner.

Fly from Oslo to Bergen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Oslo in September since evenings lows in Bergen dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lucerne.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Old Town, Bahnhofstrasse, &more), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, and admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Bergen to Lucerne takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. When traveling from Bergen in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland — 1 night

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
Nature · Tours · Parks
Side Trip
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 18th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Riffelsee, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally get great views at Gornergrat.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zermatt online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 18:

Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 19th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais and then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva day trip site.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Norway travel guide

Nightlife · Specialty Museums · Art Museums
Land of the Midnight Sun
Take a trip up north and visit Norway, the land of fjords, northern lights, unspoiled nature, and friendly communities. Norway is a haven for holidaymakers who enjoy the outdoors, with numerous resorts for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as countless trails for hiking in the summer or dog sledding and cross-country skiing in the winter. Norway's cities combine historical and modern architecture and feature a selection of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Meanwhile, traditional ways of life, local customs, and crafts are celebrated in many open-air and ethnological museums across the land. Even though the country has a modern and elaborate system of roads, Norway continues to foster its ancient connection with the sea. Take to the waters yourself with tours of the scenic coast, fjords, or whale watching.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.