16 days in Switzerland, Strasbourg & Colmar Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bulle, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Murren, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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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 30th (Sat): stop by La Petite France, then get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg journey planner.

London, UK to Strasbourg is an approximately 6-hour train ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, shuttle, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Strasbourg is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take a stroll through Little Venice, identify plant and animal life at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Croix, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at L'eglise de l'Invention-de-la-Sainte-Croix.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colmar online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Colmar sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll travel to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 2nd (Mon), ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Bern itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. October in Bern sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bulle.
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Bulle, Switzerland — 1 night

Bulle is a municipality in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): head off the coast to Ile d'Ogoz, relax and rejuvenate at Les Bains de la Gruyere, examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Gruyeres Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint Theodule.

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You can drive from Bern to Bulle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Murren.
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Murren, Switzerland — 1 night

With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Via Ferrata.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Murren online trip builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Bulle to Murren. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time 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 6th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, step into the grandiose world of Oberhofen Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, and finally appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken road trip website.

Traveling by train from Murren to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. You will leave for Lucerne on the 8th (Sun).
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Seebad Eich. Popular historic sites such as Jesuitenkirche and Uferpromenade Weggis are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Basel (Museum Tinguely, Basel Minster, &more) and Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to St. Gallen.
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St. Gallen, Switzerland — 1 day

The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Kathedrale St.Gallen, immerse yourself in nature at Drei Weieren, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Brauerei Locher AG, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Appenzell, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Laurenzen.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the St. Gallen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to St. Gallen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in St. Gallen, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then stop by Old Town, and then stop by Barenland. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Gallen to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Zurich are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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