9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Train
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Lausanne
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
3
Locarno
— 1 night
Train
4
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive

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Lausanne

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche and then examine the collection at Musee de l'Elysee. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Parc de Mon Repos, don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parc de l'Independance, and finally examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique).

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lausanne online trip itinerary maker.

Geneva to Lausanne is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 2:

2
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Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 2nd (Sun), get interesting insight from Forest Fun Park Zermatt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, make a trip to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally cruise along Gornergrat.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip tool.

Take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Locarno.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Scenic Drive · Transportation

1
night
Locarno

Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): make a trip to Piazza G. Motta.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Locarno road trip website.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Locarno in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and tram; or do a combination of car and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites

Side Trip

2
nights
Lucerne

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Locarno to Lucerne by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Locarno in May, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 48°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 5 — 7:

1
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Appenzell

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Appenzell trip planning app.

You can drive from Lucerne to Appenzell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Appenzell

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Canton of Appenzell travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Outdoor Activities · Specialty Museums
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. It has a population of. The area of Appenzell is 16.88km². The district of Appenzell consists of a part of the village Appenzell, as well as Rinkenbach, Kau and Meistersrüte.HistoryPrehistoric AppenzellWhile a single late Bronze Age site has been discovered in the forest outside Appenzell, there is no evidence of a prehistoric settlement. The region around Appenzell remained forested and very lightly settled until the end of the Early Middle Ages.Under the Abbots of St. GallUnder the authority of the abbots of the monastery of St. Gall settlers began to colonization of the Sitter river valley in the late 11th century. It is mentioned, in a deed granting rights to clear land, in 1071 as Abbacella. At the same time, the parish of St. Mauritius was established. By 1200, the parish included the area of the modern district as well as villages of Brenden, Lank, Lehn and Meistersrüte. The meager records before 1500 does not allow accurate reconstruction of the early residential development. It is likely that the first village houses were along the road between church and abbot's farm, which was built at what is now Reichsstrasse near the Gansbach stream. This gave the early village an east-west orientation. East of the church the Metzibrücke bridge was built over the Sitter. This led to the extension of the village across the river. The eastern end of the village was a conglomerate of economic and administrative buildings.

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