11 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

11 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

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11 days in Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + Drive:  16​h 45​min
1
Brig
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
3
Chur
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Lugano
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Brig

Brig ©
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brig: The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Spas (in Murren). There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Brig road trip tool .

Charlotte, USA to Brig is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Charlotte to Brig is 6 hours. Traveling from Charlotte in September, things will get slightly colder in Brig: highs are around 65°F and lows about 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Spas, The Eiger Trail
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Spas
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen (in Unterseen). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, make a trip to Walk of Climb, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Brig to Zermatt by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Chur.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Golf Parks

Side Trip

Interlaken
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Chur

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. On the 24th (Tue), wander the streets of Heididorf, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take a stroll through Old Town Chur.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Chur day trip planning app .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Chur in 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Chur

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Heididorf
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Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Spas
Heididorf ©
Heididorf

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Giorgio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Tamborini Vini and then stroll around Parco Civico.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Lugano travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chur to Lugano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Monte San Giorgio, Tamborini Vini
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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