18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Montreux
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
6
Bern
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchbergfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Pilatus Luzern. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see The Rosengart Collection about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, stop by Niederdorf, see the interesting displays at Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Los Angeles in May, expect Zurich to be little chillier, temps between 65°F and 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, steep yourself in history at Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Convento di Santa Maria Assunta, take in the views from Ponte dei Salti, admire the sheer force of The Froda Waterfall, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bellinzona sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Convento di Santa Maria Assunta, Ponte dei Salti, The Froda Waterfall
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Lauterbrunnen Village. Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Staubbach Waterfall. Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Wengen (Molitor & Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Grindelwald takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, then see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, then view the masterpieces at Fondation de l'Hermitage, and finally explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Montreux journey planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Lausanne, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Chateau de Chillon
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Gornergrat and Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Sunnegga. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Raron to see Burgkirche Raron about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at English Church, and stop by Metzgerei Bayard.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip website.

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Burgkirche Raron
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Contemporary Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Bern). Head to Ambra Minerals and SOON Galeriefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Thunersee (in Thun), Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg) and Interlaken (Heimwehfluh & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, get a taste of the local shopping with Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bern sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Thunersee, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Ambra Minerals
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Ambra Minerals ©
Ambra Minerals
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas

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