18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Lucerne
— 2 nights
2
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
3
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
4
Basel
— 3 nights
5
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
6
Zermatt
— 2 nights
7
Montreux
— 3 nights

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Stein am Rhein. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Brienz and Aare Gorge. Take a break from Lucerne with a short trip to Altstadt Schaffhausen in Schaffhausen, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, and explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lucerne driving holiday site.

New York City, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Lucerne is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in August, with highs in Lucerne at °F and lows at °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stein am Rhein, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Glasi Hergiswil, Altstadt Schaffhausen, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Stein am Rhein ©
Stein am Rhein

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Cardada, take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, thenstep into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello, thenstep into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally steep yourself in history at Castle of Sasso Corbaro. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Lungolago Di Ascona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, make a splash at Lido Locarno, thenget to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, thensee human ingenuity at work at Verzasca Dam, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Indipendenza.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bellinzona online day trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Bellinzona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bellinzona when traveling from Lucerne in August, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Locarno, Orselina, Lungolago Di Ascona, Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina
Highlights from your plan
Cardada ©
Cardada
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
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Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Segantini Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Val Roseg, explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Piz Nair, thenadmire the verdant scenery at Engadine, and finally take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, thenget great views at Muottas Muragl, thenexplore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, and finally see the interesting displays at National Park Centre.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Moritz day trip planner.

Getting from Bellinzona to St. Moritz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Bellinzona in September, with highs in St. Moritz at °F and lows at °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pontresina, National Park Centre, Bernina Pass
Highlights from your plan
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
National Park Centre ©
National Park Centre
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier

3
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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.
Visiting Thunersee and Etang de la Gruere will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basel's Old Town and Schloss Thun. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, The Cathedral of Bern, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, make a trip to Spalen Gate, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, and get engrossed in the history at Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Basel trip app.

You can drive from St. Moritz to Basel in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. While traveling from St. Moritz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Basel, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Thun, Etang de la Gruere, Fondation Beyeler, Augusta Raurica
Highlights from your plan
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, thenadmire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, thenappreciate the views at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, thenget to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Blumental Panorama Trail, Oeschinen Lake
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 10th (Thu), get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace, thenhit the slopes at Riederalp, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cabane de Moiry. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and finally make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Stockalper Palace, Cabane de Moiry, Riederalp
Highlights from your plan
Stockalper Palace ©
Stockalper Palace
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Riederalp ©
Riederalp

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Escape the urban bustle at Glacier 3000 and The Bex Salt Mines. Museum-lovers will get to explore Queen Studio Experience and HR Giger Museum. Explore Montreux's surroundings by going to Sion (Valere Basilica & Chateau de Tourbillon), Martigny (Fondation Pierre Gianadda & Barryland - Musee Et Chiens Du St-Bernard) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Wispile, learn about winemaking at Aigle Castle, savor the flavors at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye.

Start your trip to Montreux by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Sion, Martigny, The Bex Salt Mines, HR Giger Museum, Wispile
Highlights from your plan
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum

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