26 days in Switzerland Itinerary

26 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland holiday builder

Make it your trip
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
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Pontresina
— 1 night
Drive
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Lugano
— 3 nights
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Drive to Laveno, Ferry to Verbania,Intra, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 4 nights
Drive
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Basel
— 3 nights
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Lucerne

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jesuitenkirche and Kornmarkt. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Limmat, Lake Zurich, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to The Nine Towers, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus.

Plan my day in Lucerne using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Sydney, Australia to Lucerne is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Lucerne is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Lucerne reach 21°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pontresina.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pontresina

— 1 night
Pontresina is a municipality in the Maloja Region in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland.History and nameThe city was first mentioned in medieval Latin documents as pontem sarasinam in 1137. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, then see the interesting displays at Museum Mili Weber Haus, and finally explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pontresina road trip planning website.

Getting from Lucerne to Pontresina by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lucerne in May, with highs in Pontresina at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Pontresina

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Lugano

— 3 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parco Ciani and Castello di Montebello. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona), Orselina (Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso & Cardada) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande). There's more to do: explore and take pictures at Monte San Salvatore and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lugano trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Pontresina to Lugano in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Pontresina in May, things will get somewhat warmer in Lugano: highs are around 24°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Montreux Lakeside and Le Port d'Ouchy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny) and Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, indulge your taste buds at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Montreux trip planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva

— 4 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Broken Chair Sculpture and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip builder.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Bern

— 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Cathedral of Bern and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Lauterbrunnen (Staubbach Waterfall & Lauterbrunnen Village), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Grindelwald (First Cliff Walk by Tissot & Maennlichen). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Basel

— 3 nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fondation Beyeler and Basel's Old Town. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Lange Erlen, stop by Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur), take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Basel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Basel are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.