16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Montreux
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Bern
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  18​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Grossmunster. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Hofkirche, Altstadt Luzern, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zurich journey builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in October; daily highs in Zurich reach 17°C and lows reach 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Convento di Santa Maria Assunta, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then contemplate the long history of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bellinzona route maker .

Getting from Zurich to Bellinzona by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. When traveling from Zurich in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Bellinzona: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Convento di Santa Maria Assunta
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aletsch Glacier and Maennlichen. Escape the urban bustle at The Eiger Trail and Molitor. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Lauterbrunnen Village in Lauterbrunnen--about 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip planning site .

You can drive from Bellinzona to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Lauterbrunnen Village
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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 19th (Sat), stroll through Glacier 3000, examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Plexus Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, then take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally examine the collection at HR Giger Museum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Montreux online holiday planner .

Drive from Grindelwald to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Chateau de Chillon, Museum HR Giger
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Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get in touch with nature at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and The Matterhorn. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, stop by Laderach, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt travel planner.

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 24th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Schloss THUN, browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, and finally take a stroll through Matte. Keep things going the next day: snap pictures at Kornhausbrucke, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, then get some fabulous bargains at Ambra Minerals, and finally explore the activities along Thunersee.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern day trip site .

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In October in Bern, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Thun, Ambra Minerals, Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Schloss THUN ©
Schloss THUN

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