11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
1
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Murren
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Lucerne
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  11 h 45 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Alpiglen and Lauterbrunnen Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Giessbachfälle and Lungernersee. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Axalp (in Brienz) and Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui). The adventure continues: trek along Grosse Scheidegg, admire the verdant scenery at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald, stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Wetterhorn.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald driving holiday planner.

New York City, USA to Grindelwald is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Murren.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brienz, Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui, Lungernersee, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Grosse Scheidegg ©
Grosse Scheidegg
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle
Faulhorn ©
Faulhorn

2
nights
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, head outdoors with Vallee de Turtmann, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgkirche Raron, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Monch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Loetschberger-Suedrampe and then take an in-depth tour of Lotschentaler Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Murren holiday builder site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Murren in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Murren

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Raron, Lotschentaler Museum, The Monch, Vallee de Turtmann, Loetschberger-Suedrampe
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Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael ©
Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael
Lotschentaler Museum ©
Lotschentaler Museum
007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn ©
007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): get outside with Sentiero dei fiori di Heidi, go for a walk through Schellen Ursli Path, don't miss a visit to Chesa Futura, then see the interesting displays at Mill Weber House, then take an in-depth tour of Engadine Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at SilserSee, cruise along Maloja Pass, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Murren to St. Moritz takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Outdoors Nature Museums

Side Trips

Maloja Pass, SilserSee
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Maloja Pass ©
Maloja Pass
The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz ©
The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz
Engadine Museum ©
Engadine Museum

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Quintorno, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Indipendenza, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, and finally admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bellinzona trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from St. Moritz to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in August; daily highs in Bellinzona reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Quintorno
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Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie
Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano ©
Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 12th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Pilatus Luzern, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and finally view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern. Here are some ideas for day two: snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, make a trip to The Nine Towers, then get engrossed in the history at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), and finally appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip tool.

Traveling by train from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, Lucerne is little chillier than Bellinzona - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

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