42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
St. Moritz
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lugano
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Interlaken
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
6
Lausanne
— 7 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

7
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town (Altstadt) and Grossmunster are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Fondation Beyeler and The Rosengart Collection. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Basel Paper Mill Museum (in Basel), Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Altstadt Luzern, & more) and Munot (in Schaffhausen). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, get a taste of the local shopping with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip maker .

Phoenix, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July, Zurich is much colder than Phoenix - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls, Basel Paper Mill Museum, Turm in Regensberg, Munot
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Munot ©
Munot

6
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town Chur and Galerie Gmurzynska. Alberto Giacometti Museum and Mill Weber House will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Moritz: Caumasee (in Flims), Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Viamala Schlucht (in Zillis). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, get great views at Muottas Muragl, look for gifts at AlpenHirt, and admire the verdant scenery at Engadine.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read St. Moritz trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Zurich in July: high temperatures in St. Moritz hover around 69°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Pontresina, Alberto Giacometti Museum, Bernina Pass, AlpenHirt, Viamala
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier

7
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castelli di Bellinzona and Monte San Salvatore. Do your shopping at OnArte and Artrust SA. Get out of town with these interesting Lugano side-trips: Falconeria Locarno (in Locarno), Bellinzona (Castello di Montebello, Castelgrande, & more) and Chiesa di San Michele (in Palagnedra). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, get outside with Foroglio Val Bavona, grab your bike and head to Monte Tamaro, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lugano online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in August; daily highs in Lugano reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno, Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Mario Botta's Mountain Church, Foroglio Val Bavona
Highlights from your plan
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

6
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Schloss THUN and Schlosskirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Galerie Wydi or Swiss Chocolate Chalet. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen), Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lugano in August; daily highs in Interlaken reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Maennlichen, Oeschinen Lake, Schloss THUN
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

7
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get in touch with nature at The Matterhorn and Gorner Gorge. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Church-Fortress of Valere. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Fondation Pierre Arnaud (in Lens), Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Chandolin) and Crans-Montana (in Crans-Montana). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Tourbillon, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baroque Church.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Zermatt online travel planner .

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Sion, Crans-Montana, Burgkirche Raron, Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica

7
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Chateau de Chillon and Place de la Palud will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Creux du Van. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lausanne: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres), The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex) and Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets). The adventure continues: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, and view the masterpieces at Fondation de l'Hermitage.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lausanne trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Montreux, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, The Bex Salt Mines, Chaplin's World, Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Highlights from your plan
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

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