11 days in Switzerland, Milan & Strasbourg Itinerary

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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Train
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 1 night

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 16th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne and then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). On the next day, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then take an in-depth tour of Gruyeres Castle, and then examine the collection at HR Giger Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne trip itinerary builder.

Portland, USA to Lausanne is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Portland to Lausanne, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore and Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore. Let the collections at Museo Storico Alfa Romeo and Villa Necchi Campiglio capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Villa Visconti Borromeo Litta (in Lainate), Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Arena di Verona, &more) and Abbazia Santa Maria di Morimondo (in Morimondo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Sant'Eustorgio, contemplate the long history of Abbazia di Chiaravalle, and admire the landmark architecture of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Lausanne to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken online visit planner.

You can take a train from Milan to Interlaken in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in September, expect Interlaken to be slightly colder, temps between 65°F and 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): do a tasting at Domaine Albert Seltz, make a trip to Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, and then don't miss a visit to Gare de Strasbourg.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in September: highs in Strasbourg hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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