18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Walvis Bay
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Lausanne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h
End: Walvis Bay

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 26th (Fri), hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Walvis Bay, Namibia to Zermatt is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Traveling from Walvis Bay to Zermatt, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 28th (Sun), make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, then take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and finally see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World. Keep things going the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy, then admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lausanne online road trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trips

Montreux, Chaplin's World
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, then make a trip to Top of Europe, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Lausanne to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

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 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, then explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and finally look for gifts at Johann Wanner. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, and finally make a trip to Spalentor (City Gate).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Basel tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Basel in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then see the interesting displays at Tal Museum Engelberg, and then snap pictures at Titlis Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, get great views at The Nine Towers, then snap pictures at Spreuer Bridge, then explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary maker tool .

You can take a train from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Engelberg, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge
Titlis Cliff Walk ©
Titlis Cliff Walk

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally stroll through Parco Civico. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Falconeria Locarno, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, and then don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano road trip planning website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Falconeria Locarno
Highlights from your plan
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake St. Moritz and Morteratsch Glacier. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, get outside with Lake Sils, take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, and don't miss a visit to Chesa Futura.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Lugano to St. Moritz takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, St. Moritz is a bit cooler than Lugano - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Morteratsch Glacier, Lake Silvaplana, Lake Sils
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Piz Corvatsch ©
Piz Corvatsch

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