36 days in Switzerland Itinerary

36 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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36 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Engelberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Grindelwald
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Lenk im Simmental
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Zermatt
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
9
Geneva
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
10
Pontresina
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Vancouver

1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Zurich sightseeing planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from Vancouver to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Heididorf, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kathedrale St.Gallen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Seealpsee and then head outdoors with Hoher Kasten.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell trip itinerary app .

Drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Seealpsee, Heididorf, Hoher Kasten, Santis der Berg
Highlights from your plan
Heididorf ©
Heididorf
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Hoher Kasten ©
Hoher Kasten

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then stroll through Ufschotti Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Rigi, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St Gallus Catholic Church.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Appenzell to Lucerne in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rigi ©
Rigi
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, stop by Inperfetta Vintage, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and finally take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Tamaro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, and then stroll around Parco Civico.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lugano trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lugano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lucerne in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Lugano, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monte Tamaro
Highlights from your plan
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Monte Bre ©
Monte Bre

4
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Get outdoors at Mount Titlis and Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Engelberg: Rhone Glacier (in Gletsch) and Trift Bridge (in Gadmen). There's still lots to do: cruise along Furka Pass, look for all kinds of wild species at Lake Trubsee, don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, and snap pictures at Titlis Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Engelberg trip website .

You can drive from Lugano to Engelberg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in August, Engelberg is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rhone Glacier, Trift Bridge, Furka Pass
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
Lake Trubsee ©
Lake Trubsee

6
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 in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and Trümmelbachfälle. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Lauterbrunnen (Murrenbach Waterfalls & Lauterbrunnen Village). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, trek along The Eiger Trail, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and get great views at Pfingstegg.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip planning website .

Getting from Engelberg to Grindelwald by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

4
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Escape the urban bustle at Sibe Brunne and Oeschinen Lake. Explore Lenk im Simmental's surroundings by going to Crans-Montana (in Crans-Montana), Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Trummer Woodcarving (in Adelboden). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Adelboden, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle, and let little ones run wild at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental travel route builder app .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Lenk im Simmental are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Adelboden, Chateau de Tourbillon, Oeschinen Lake, Glacier 3000, Crans-Montana
Highlights from your plan
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne

6
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, hit the slopes at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG, head outdoors with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt trip builder site .

Explore your travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces and Bains des Paquis. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). There's lots more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Geneva tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pontresina.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces ©
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

3
nights
Pontresina

Pontresina ©
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. On the 23rd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Val Roseg, then take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Nair, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, then explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, and finally get great views at Muottas Muragl.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pontresina trip tool .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Pontresina takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in September, expect Pontresina to be little chillier, temps between 18°C and 9°C. On the 25th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pontresina

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Moritz, Bernina Pass
Highlights from your plan
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

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