15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Zurich
— 4 nights
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St. Moritz
— 2 nights
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Bellinzona
— 1 night
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Zurich

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Glasi Hergiswil and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) capture your imagination. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Bourbaki Panorama (in Lucerne) and Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

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

Manama, Bahrain to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manama to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Manama in January; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Moritz

— 2 nights
St.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, then take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl, and then relax and rejuvenate at Mineralbad & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg, explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, then take in the awesome beauty at Piz Nair, and finally admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz online trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, St. Moritz is a bit cooler than Zurich - with highs of 1°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks · Spas · Museums

Side Trips

Bellinzona

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bellinzona journey planning app.

Getting from St. Moritz to Bellinzona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from St. Moritz in January, expect Bellinzona to be a bit warmer, temps between 9°C and -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Basel

— 2 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 9th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then see the interesting displays at Jean Tinguely Museum, then examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, and finally don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, make a trip to Muensterplatz, see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then get answers to all your questions at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and finally take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Basel trip builder.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In January in Basel, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Neighborhoods · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montreux

— 2 nights
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 11th (Mon): examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Les Bains de Lavey. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, examine the collection at HR Giger Museum, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally stop by O'Coeur des Reves ....

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basel to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Spas · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva

— 3 nights

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 (Wed): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), get engrossed in the history at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, then browse the exhibits of Maison Tavel, and finally examine the collection at MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee Ariana, explore the ancient world of Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, then stroll around Parc Des Bastions, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip app.

Drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.