11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Geneva
— 1 night
Drive
2
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive
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Zurich
— 3 nights
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Geneva

— 1 night

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and finally examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Geneva day trip planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Geneva is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip tool.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 16th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and then get great views at Gornergrat.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt route planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bern online trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Adventure · Shopping · Tours

Side Trips

Engelberg

— 1 night
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Trubsee and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Engelberg online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Engelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Zurich

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Zurich Succulent Plant Collection. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see Bourbaki Panorama about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour planner.

Drive from Engelberg to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Outdoors · Neighborhoods · Winter Sports

Side Trip

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.