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One week itinerary feedback late September

Hi there,
my boyfriend and I are attending a wedding in Amsterdam the last weekend of September and have decided to take about a week beforehand to do some Europe travel. I have been dreaming of Switzerland for a while and this seems like a good time to make it happen. I'd love feedback on the below, especially our last couple days! For context, we're in our late 20s, and enjoy the outdoors, good food, and cool cultural hubs.

9/18 Arrive to Zurich in the afternoon, train to Lucerne and overnight

9/19 Wander Lucerne most of the day, evening train to Lauterbrunnen

9/20-9/22 Full days in Berner Oberland, hiking, biking, taking gondolas, etc. (I am curious how impactful the national holiday on the 20th will be? Will lifts and trains still run? Are restaurants open?)

9/22 Go to Interlaken or Speiz in evening to overnight near large train station.
Then this is where I am still workshopping! Thinking either:

9/23 Train to Lake Como, afternoon arrival

9/24 Full day in Lake Como, late evening departure for hotel near Milan airport

9/25 Morning flight Milan to AMS


9/23 Train to Lake Geneva, explore Lusanne/Montreaux, overnight in one

9/24 Morning at the lake, afternoon train into Geneva to explore a bit, late flight to AMS

Would love any thoughts or suggestions!

Posted by
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I would stay in Switzerland to round out your experience of that country, and because it's at least equally beautiful. Train connections will also be faster. To get to Montreux along the Golden Pass scenic route, search for train schedules "via" Zweisimmen or see

Posted by
1653 posts

The overnight in Interlaken or Spiez is unnecessary, they're 30-45 minutes away from Lauterbrunnen. Best to maximize your stay in a single place.
And another vote for Lake Geneva; it'll be an easier trip too as Lautrebrunnen to Como is a trek.

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Thanks all! I think we will plan to head toward Lake Geneva, especially given the situation in Northern Italy right now.