20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Panama City, Florida
Drive + Fly:  19​h
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Basel
— Few hours
Train:  1​h
3
Bern
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  8​h 15​min
6
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Bus:  3​h 45​min
7
Lugano
— 1 night
Train:  2​h
8
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h
9
Montreux
— 3 nights
train to Zurich fly to ECP:  23​h 30​min
End: Panama City, Florida

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Munot, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, then wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, and finally admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank, explore the fascinating underground world of Hollgrotten, admire the landmark architecture of Kloster Einsiedeln, steep yourself in history at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Rapperswil, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. John.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zurich sightseeing planner.

Panama City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 19-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Panama City to Zurich. Traveling from Panama City in July, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 78°F and lows about 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Rapperswil, Munot, Kloster Einsiedeln, Hollgrotten
Highlights from your plan
Munot ©
Munot
Kloster Einsiedeln ©
Kloster Einsiedeln

few
hours
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.
On the 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ermitage, then examine the collection at Augusta Raurica, then pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and finally take a stroll through Basel's Old Town.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Basel road trip app .

You can drive from Zurich to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Basel are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Ermitage, Augusta Raurica
Highlights from your plan
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Offene Kirche Elisabethen ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Barenpark and then take a stroll through Matte.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Bern itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Basel to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Solothurn, Roman Amphitheatre, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen ©
Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Matte ©
Matte

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kleine Scheidegg and Alpiglen. Visiting Jungfraujoch and Allmendhubel will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Blumental Panorama Trail in Murren (about 46 minutes away). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen, take in the awesome beauty at Faulhorn, trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and appreciate the views at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald online trip builder .

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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 6th (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace, stroll through Riederalp, cruise along Gornergrat, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, then take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can take a train to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Riederalp, Stockalper Palace
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Parasailing & Paragliding
Riederalp ©
Riederalp

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
On the 8th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Chesa Futura, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Bernina, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Val Fex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Piz Nair, don't miss a visit to The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz, take an in-depth tour of Engadine Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then examine the collection at National Park Centre, and finally wander the streets of Guarda.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Zermatt to St. Moritz by train takes about 8.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trips

National Park Centre, Val Fex, Guarda
Highlights from your plan
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Piz Nair ©
Piz Nair
National Park Centre ©
National Park Centre

1
night
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 10th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, kick back and relax at Lido di Lugano, then trek along Olive Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Lido San Domenico, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico Gandria.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lugano trip itinerary maker app .

Drive from St. Moritz to Lugano in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, Lugano is a bit warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto ©
Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 11th (Tue), kick back and relax at Bad Hirsgarten, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Teufelsbrucke, make a trip to Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG, then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Sursee, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Seebad Eich.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucerne attractions planning tool .

Drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In August, Lucerne is slightly colder than Lugano - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Montreux.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Seebad Eich, Strandbad Sursee, Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG, Bad Hirsgarten
Highlights from your plan
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Teufelsbrucke ©
Teufelsbrucke
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Vieille-Ville de Montreux are in your itinerary. Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Chateau de Tourbillon are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Valere Basilica (in Sion), Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Saviese) and Lac d'Emosson (in Salvan). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, stroll through Wispile, take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Montreux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Sion, Chapelle des Diablerets, Wispile, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, Lac d'Emosson
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

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