12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durban
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Durban

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Niederdorf and Basel's Old Town. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Old Town Chur (in Chur), DIORAMA Bethlehem (in Einsiedeln) and Lucerne (Spreuer Bridge, The Nine Towers, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Confiserie Sprungli and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pilatus Luzern.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip planning website.

Durban, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Durban in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Lucerne, Old Town Chur, DIORAMA Bethlehem, Basel's Old Town
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake St. Moritz and Morteratsch Glacier. Explore hidden gems such as Muottas Muragl and Diavolezza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and National Park Centre (in Zernez). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Nair, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Gian.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz online holiday planner.

Drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Spas

Side Trips

Pontresina, National Park Centre, Church of San Gian
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 30th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, view the masterpieces at Espace Quai1, then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge your taste buds at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de la Batiaz.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Montreux trip planner.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Montreux takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Espace Quai1, Glacier 3000, Chateau de la Batiaz
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Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 1st (Fri), fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and then take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald holiday builder website.

You can drive from Montreux to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, The Eiger
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

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