27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Locarno
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lucerne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Neuchatel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Montreux
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
7
Zermatt
— 1 night
+2
train + bus + Fly:  35​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Get in touch with nature at Lake St. Moritz and Val Roseg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piz Nair and Morteratsch Glacier. Step out of St. Moritz to go to Bregaglia and see Lago del Cavloc, which is approximately 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass, appreciate the views at Engadine, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip itinerary builder site .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Moritz is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, plan for little chillier nights in St. Moritz, with lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass, Lago del Cavloc
Highlights from your plan
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

5
nights
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Castelgrande and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monte San Salvatore and Monte Tamaro. Change things up with these side-trips from Locarno: Lido di Lugano (in Lugano) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona, Castle of Sasso Corbaro, & more). Spend the 4th (Fri) soaking in style at Splash & Spa Tamaro. And it doesn't end there: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Falconeria Locarno, take a tour by water with Segeln Lago Maggiore, make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, and cool off at Lido Locarno.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Locarno travel planner.

Getting from St. Moritz to Locarno by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from St. Moritz in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Locarno: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Lugano, Rivera, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, Lungolago Di Ascona
Highlights from your plan
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

4
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Limmat. Get some cultural insight at Jesuitenkirche and Landesmuseum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Seebad Katzensee & Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, stroll through Seebad Eich, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lucerne travel route planner.

Getting from Locarno to Lucerne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Locarno in October: highs in Lucerne hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Zurich, Seebad Eich
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Hofkirche ©
Hofkirche

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore hidden gems such as Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Bachalpsee Lake. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Brienz and Aare Gorge. Step out of Grindelwald to go to Hofstetten bei Brienz and see Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, stroll through The Eiger Trail, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Lake Brienz, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

2
nights
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Papiliorama and then look for all kinds of wild species at Creux du Van.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Neuchatel day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Neuchatel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Papiliorama
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Papiliorama ©
Papiliorama

4
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Tourbillon and Vieille-Ville de Montreux. Get in touch with nature at Rochers-de-Naye and Grottes de Vallorbe. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Swiss Vapeur Parc, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Confrerie, take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Neuchatel to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vevey, Le Bouveret, Chateau de Tourbillon, Grottes de Vallorbe, The Bex Salt Mines
Highlights from your plan
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon
Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zermatt attractions planner .

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. On the 19th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

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