15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Madrid, Barcelona & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Fly:  12 h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  7 h
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  11 h
End: New York City, United States

3
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Madrid trip itinerary maker app.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. When traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Madrid, with highs around 92°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Barcelona.

Things to do in Madrid

Tours Museums Parks
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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Plaza Mayor ©
Plaza Mayor

4
nights
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Barcelona is known for parks, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Las Ramblas.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Barcelona planning website.

You can take a train from Madrid to Barcelona in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in August, plan for slightly colder days in Barcelona, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Casa Batllo ©
Casa Batllo
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Step out of Interlaken to go to Murren and see Via Ferrata, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken travel tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Barcelona to Interlaken in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Interlaken reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Via Ferrata, Lake Brienz
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lake Lucerne (in Lucerne) and Kriens (St Gallus Catholic Church & Mt Pilatus). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Zurich online trip maker.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Zurich sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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