27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  35​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:  34​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake St. Moritz and Piz Corvatsch. Step off the beaten path and head to Piz Nair and Engadine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Lago del Cavloc (in Bregaglia). There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass and take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Moritz trip itinerary planning site .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Moritz is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 11 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Auckland in October; daily highs in St. Moritz reach 13°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Castelgrande and Castello di Montebello will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelli di Bellinzona and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. Explore Locarno's surroundings by going to Castle of Sasso Corbaro (in Bellinzona) and Lugano (Monte San Salvatore & Lido di Lugano). Spend the 12th (Sat) soaking in style at Splash & Spa Tamaro. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, and make a splash at Lido Locarno.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Locarno tour itinerary maker website .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Locarno in 3 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in October: high temperatures in Locarno hover around 20°C and lows are around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a 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.
Visiting Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Limmat will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Jesuitenkirche and Hofkirche. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Landesmuseum, Seebad Katzensee, & more). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection and stroll through Seebad Eich.

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Getting from Locarno to Lucerne by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Locarno, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lucerne, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Kleine Scheidegg. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Aare Gorge. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Lake Brienz in Brienz--about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through The Eiger Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip maker site .

Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Lake Brienz, Kleine Scheidegg, Aare Gorge
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Papiliorama and then take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Neuchatel trip site .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Neuchatel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
Visit Chateau de Tourbillon and Vieille-Ville de Montreux for their historical value. Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Musee de la Confrerie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Grottes de Vallorbe (in Vallorbe) and Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets). Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Swiss Vapeur Parc, Head underground at The Bex Salt Mines, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Montreux trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Neuchatel to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Vevey, Le Bouveret, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Bex Salt Mines, Grottes de Vallorbe
Highlights from your plan
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

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 26th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then 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.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. You will leave for home on the 27th (Sun).

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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