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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake St. Moritz and Morteratsch Glacier. Explore hidden gems such as Piz Nair and Engadine. Venture out of the city with trips to Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Lago del Cavloc (in Bregaglia). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch, explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, and take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz online journey planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Moritz is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 11 hours traveling from Auckland to St. Moritz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in St. Moritz. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castelgrande and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monte San Salvatore and Castello di Montebello. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Locarno: Lido di Lugano (in Lugano) and Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castle of Sasso Corbaro). Spend the 5th (Sat) soaking in style at Splash & Spa Tamaro. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, make a splash at Lido Locarno, get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, and make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Locarno trip planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Locarno takes 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in September; daily highs in Locarno reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (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.
Get some historical perspective at Jesuitenkirche and Hofkirche. Escape the urban bustle at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Seebad Eich. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Landesmuseum, Seebad Katzensee, & more). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Locarno to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Locarno, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lucerne, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Kleine Scheidegg. Step out of the city life by going to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Lake Brienz. Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Aare Gorge in Meiringen, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, hike along The Eiger Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Grindelwald day trip planning website .

You can drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
On the 14th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Papiliorama and then take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Neuchatel attractions planning app .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Neuchatel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough 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.
Visit Chateau de Tourbillon and Eglise Notre Dame for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Rochers-de-Naye and Grottes de Vallorbe. Venture out of the city with trips to Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Swiss Vapeur Parc, take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, contemplate the long history of Vieille-Ville de Montreux, and explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Montreux online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Neuchatel to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to take a 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Zermatt using our trip planner.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. You'll set off for home on the 20th (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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