17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Montreux
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge, see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection. On your second day here, stroll through Seebad Eich and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip builder .

Washington DC, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Lucerne reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Seebad Eich
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Escape the urban bustle at Val Roseg and Lake St. Moritz. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Morteratsch Glacier and Piz Corvatsch. Step out of St. Moritz with an excursion to Old Town Chur in Chur--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, and take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Moritz driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lucerne in July: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 69°F and lows are around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Bellinzona.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pontresina, Old Town Chur, Bernina Pass
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 7th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, then take a stroll through Santa Petronilla, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicolao, and finally admire the sheer force of Alta Piumogna Waterfalls. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Sasso Corbaro Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, and finally take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bellinzona trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from St. Moritz to Bellinzona in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Moritz in July, things will get a bit warmer in Bellinzona: highs are around 83°F and lows about 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta, Alta Piumogna Waterfalls, Chiesa di San Nicolao, Santa Petronilla
Highlights from your plan
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 9th (Tue), admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, trek along Via Ferrata, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Allmendhubel.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen day trip site .

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Lauterbrunnen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Murren
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Chaplin's World. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Creux du Van and Rochers-de-Naye. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Eglise Romane de Rougemont (in Rougemont). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines, do a tasting at Maurice Neyroud, and find something for the whole family at Swiss Vapeur Parc.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux planning tool .

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Eglise Romane de Rougemont, Maurice Neyroud, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore hidden gems such as Bachalpsee Lake and Schynige Platte. Do some cultural sightseeing at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Intercontinental Church Society. Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zermatt travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Schynige Platte, Oeschinen Lake, Bachalpsee Lake
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake

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