33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
1
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Geneva
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Montreux
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h
4
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train:  4 h
5
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Engelberg
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Chur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
9
Scuol
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
End: Zurich

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Niederdorf and Tinguely-Brunnen. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Basel (Basel Paper Mill Museum & Basel's Old Town), Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln) and St. Gallen (Cathedral & Stiftsbibliothek). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Limmat, don't miss a visit to Buerkliplatz, examine the collection at Zoological Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Limmatquai.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner .

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basel, St. Gallen, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Fondation Beyeler, Kloster Einsiedeln
Highlights from your plan
Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Kloster Einsiedeln ©
Kloster Einsiedeln
Limmatquai ©
Limmatquai

3
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Explore hidden gems such as Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve and Musee Ariana. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Le Sentier des Toblerones (in Gland) and Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier (in Bougy-Villars). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Russe, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, see the interesting displays at Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee, and explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva travel site .

You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fondation Martin Bodmer - Bibliotheque et Musee, Vieux-Carouge, Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier, Le Sentier des Toblerones
Highlights from your plan
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Eglise Russe ©
Eglise Russe
Chapel of the Maccabees ©
Chapel of the Maccabees

4
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Villars-Gryon Ski Center and Lavey-les-Bains. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: RealFly (in Sion), Karting Extreme Verbier (in Verbier) and Nendaz (Premier Alpine Centre SA & Les Bisses de Nendaz). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Vincent, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercato di Natale di Montreux (Montreux Noel), and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Vladimir Nabokov.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Montreux trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Geneva to Montreux in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Nendaz, Villars-Gryon-Les Diablerets Ski Area, Karting Extreme Verbier, Lavey-les-Bains, RealFly
Highlights from your plan
Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux ©
Lavey-les-Bains ©
Lavey-les-Bains
Les Bisses de Nendaz ©
Les Bisses de Nendaz

3
nights
Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and Alpenwild. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Riederalp (in Riederalp) and Gommer Hohenweg (in Bellwald). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius.

To find out how to plan a trip to Zermatt, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Tours

Side Trips

Gommer Hohenweg, Riederalp
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Clay Shoot Zermatt ©
Clay Shoot Zermatt

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maennlichen Romantic Trail and Rodelbahn Oeschinensee. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Viewing Point Schoenbuehel (in Lungern), Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig (in Kandersteg) and Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui). There's still lots to do: hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk, stop by Mont -Bell Grindelwald, wander the streets of Alpiglen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Monch.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Kandersteg, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Viewing Point Schoenbuehel, Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui
Highlights from your plan
The Wetterhorn ©
The Wetterhorn
Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Maennlichen Royal Walk ©
Maennlichen Royal Walk

2
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, then get outside with Seilpark Engelberg, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mythenregion, and finally stop by Felchlin Chocolate Factory Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Geographic Center of Switzerland, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bundeskapelle Brunnen, and then see the interesting displays at Ital Reding Estate.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Engelberg trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Engelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Engelberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Chur.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bundeskapelle Brunnen, Felchlin Chocolate Factory Shop, Geographic Center of Switzerland, Ital Reding Estate, Mythenregion
Highlights from your plan
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg ©
Mythenregion ©
Mythenregion
Ital Reding Estate ©
Ital Reding Estate

4
nights
Chur

Chur ©
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Step off the beaten path and head to Landwasser Viaduct and Personalfonds Rhätische Bahn. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Chur-Brambruesch, make a trip to Obere Gasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephan Church, and stroll through Alpen Bike Park Chur.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chur travel route builder website .

You can drive from Engelberg to Chur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Chur

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Landwasser Viaduct, Das Gelbe Haus Flims
Highlights from your plan
Chur-Brambruesch ©
Chur-Brambruesch
Landwasser Viaduct ©
Landwasser Viaduct
Bundner Kunstmuseum ©
Bundner Kunstmuseum

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marmites des Geants and Lago del Cavloc. Get out of town with these interesting St. Moritz side-trips: Maloja Pass (in Bregaglia), Splugen Pass (in Splugen) and Benedictine Convent of Saint John Mustair (in Mustair). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Segantini Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the awesome beauty at Piz Bernina, and steep yourself in history at The Leaning Tower, Engadin St. Moritz.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz trip planner .

You can drive from Chur to St. Moritz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Scuol.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Bregaglia, Marmites des Geants, Benedictine Convent of Saint John Mustair, Splugen Pass, Museum Andrea Robbi
Highlights from your plan
Piz Bernina ©
Piz Bernina
Segantini Museum ©
Segantini Museum
Maloja Pass ©
Maloja Pass

3
nights
Scuol

Scuol ©
Scuol is a municipality in the Engiadina Bassa/Val Müstair Region in the Swiss canton of Grisons. Discover out-of-the-way places like Schloss Tarasp and Val Muestair. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Scuol: Santa Maria Val Mustair (Museum 14/18 & Lai Da Rims), Val Sinestra Suspension Bridges (in Sent) and Mustair (Monastero San Giovanni Battista (Patrimonio mondiale UNESCO) & Kloster St Johann). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Lai Nair, explore the striking landscape at Clemgia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tarasp Church, and make a trip to Haus Clagluna.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Scuol trip builder website .

Getting from St. Moritz to Scuol by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Scuol

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Santa Maria Val Mustair, Sent, Tarasp, Mustair, Alp Laret
Highlights from your plan
Lai Nair ©
Lai Nair
Schloss Tarasp ©
Schloss Tarasp
Clemgia ©
Clemgia

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