18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
6
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Thun
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Singapore

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Hauptbahnhoffor some retail therapy. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Grossmunster are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary website .

Singapore, Singapore to Zurich is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Singapore to Zurich, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in October, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 17°C and 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Visit Jesuitenkirche and Franziskanerkirche for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche, and steep yourself in history at Museggmauer.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip site .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

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 3rd (Sun): stop by Molitor, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along The Eiger Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Molitor, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Montreux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally see the interesting displays at Swiss Brand Museum. On the next day, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History of Bern, see the interesting displays at Klingende Sammlung, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online trip planner .

You can drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Bern, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Klingendes Museum ©
Klingendes Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, stop by Johann Wanner, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, then steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, and finally see the interesting displays at Jean Tinguely Museum.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel trip tool .

Traveling by train from Bern to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Thun.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

2
nights
Thun

Thun ©
Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Get some cultural insight at Artilleriewerk Faulensee and Spiez Castle. Step out of the city life by going to Adelboden and Thunersee. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Thun-Panorama, explore the historical opulence of Schloss THUN, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Scherzligen, and make a trip to Obere Hauptgasse.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Thun holiday builder .

Getting from Basel to Thun by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Thun

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, Adelboden, Artilleriewerk Faulensee
Highlights from your plan
Thunersee ©
Thunersee
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Kirche Scherzligen ©
Kirche Scherzligen

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