42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lugano
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Meiringen
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Murren
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Zermatt
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Bern
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Geneva
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: New York City

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken and Aussichtsplattform Il Spir Conn. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Heidi's Photo Chalet), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more) and Stiftsbibliothek (in St. Gallen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get your game on at Virtual Reality Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take a stroll through Old Town Chur.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get little chillier in Zurich: highs are around 74°F and lows about 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Stiftsbibliothek, Bachalpsee Lake, Old Town Chur
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muottas Muragl and Piz Corvatsch. Explore St. Moritz's surroundings by going to Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Caumasee (in Flims). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum, and admire the verdant scenery at Engadine.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip planner .

Getting from Zurich to St. Moritz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In June, St. Moritz is slightly colder than Zurich - with highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass, Lagh da Cavloc, Caumasee
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl

5
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Step off the beaten path and head to Parco Civico and Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Bellinzona (Castelgrande, Castelli di Bellinzona, & more), Locarno (Falconeria Locarno & Verzasca Dam) and Orselina (Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso & Cardada). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Monte San Salvatore, make a trip to Lungolago Di Ascona, stroll around Parco Sul Fiume Cassarate Al Piano Stampa, and admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lugano online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in July; daily highs in Lugano reach 83°F and lows reach 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Meiringen.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Orselina, Morcote, Locarno, Chiesa Prepositurale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
Highlights from your plan
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Santa Maria degli Angioli ©
Santa Maria degli Angioli

4
nights
Meiringen

Meiringen ©
Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aare Gorge and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Meiringen side-trips: Engelberg (Titlis Bridge & Titlis). There's much more to do: get outside with Furka Pass, take in the dramatic scenery at Reichenbach Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Alpbachschlucht, and make a trip to Viewing Point Schoenbuehel.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Meiringen holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Meiringen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lugano in July, with highs in Meiringen at 75°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Murren.

Things to do in Meiringen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Engelberg, Furka Pass, Giessbachfälle, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Viewing Point Schoenbuehel
Highlights from your plan
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass

4
nights
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Staubbach Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Murren: Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Village, Murrenbach Waterfalls, & more), Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg) and Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, get great views at Jungfraujoch, and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Murren travel route planner .

You can drive from Meiringen to Murren in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, Oeschinen Lake, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

6
nights
Zermatt

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 Sunnegga and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Brig (Stockalper Palace & Simplon Pass) and Sion (Valere Basilica & Chateau de Tourbillon). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, enjoy breathtaking views from Schynige Platte, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt tour planner.

Traveling by train from Murren to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sion, Brig, Great St. Bernard Pass, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

6
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aare River and Creux du Van. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Montreux (Freddie Mercury Statue & Queen Studio Experience) and The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, ski along the peaceful trails at Glacier 3000, and make a trip to Vieille Ville de Thoune.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planning website .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Basel, Montreux, Neuchatel, The Bex Salt Mines, Museum HR Giger
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Gurten ©
Gurten
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Mont Saleve and Le Port d'Ouchy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye & Lakeside Promenade Fleuri), Grottes de Vallorbe (in Vallorbe) and Lausanne (Sauvabelin Tower, Place de la Palud, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and make a trip to The Flower Clock.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Geneva travel planning website .

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Montreux, Grottes de Vallorbe, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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