12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + foot + train:  13​h 30​min
1
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
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 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye and then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Glacier 3000, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Montreux trip itinerary maker .

New York City, USA to Montreux is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Montreux due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Chateau de Chillon
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

Before you visit Zermatt, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Grindelwald Area.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

3
nights
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen ©
Jungfrau Region consists of two valleys north of the Jungfrau, a popular mountain-climbing destination standing 4,158 m (13,642 ft).
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Aare Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald Area: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald Area trip planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald Area in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, then get great views at Muottas Muragl, and finally get great views at Diavolezza. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Nair, then take in the awesome beauty at Val Roseg, and then examine the collection at Alpin Museum Pontresina.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the St. Moritz trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald Area to St. Moritz in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Pontresina
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich driving holiday site .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Limmat ©
Limmat

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