44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Basel
Drive:  30​min
1
Rheinfelden
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Zurich
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Montreux
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Grindelwald
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Zermatt
— 5 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
8
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
St. Moritz
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Wildhaus
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
11
Schaffhausen
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
12
Basel
— 4 nights
End: Basel

2
nights
Rheinfelden

Rheinfelden ©
Rheinfelden is a municipality in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland, seat of the district of Rheinfelden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Schloss Ebenrain and Amphitheater von Vindonissa. Step out of the city life by going to Klingnauer Stausee and Seeuferweg Hallwilersee. Change things up with these side-trips from Rheinfelden: Linner Linde (in Boezberg), Pauli Papeterie + Spielwaren AG (in Wildegg) and Grand Casino Baden (in Baden). There's more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Ruine Laufenburg.

For where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rheinfelden trip planner .

Basel to Rheinfelden is an approximately half hour car ride. In July in Rheinfelden, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Rheinfelden

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Seeuferweg Hallwilersee, Schloss Ebenrain, Klingnauer Stausee, Pauli Papeterie + Spielwaren AG, Linner Linde
Highlights from your plan
Klingnauer Stausee ©
Klingnauer Stausee
Schloss Ebenrain ©
Schloss Ebenrain
Ruine Laufenburg ©
Ruine Laufenburg

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden and Kloster Einsiedeln. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Schloss Rapperswil (in Rapperswil), Hollgrotten (in Baar) and Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, take a stroll through Old Town, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour site .

You can drive from Rheinfelden to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Winterthur, Rapperswil, Hollgrotten, Wyden Badi, Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Kloster Einsiedeln ©
Kloster Einsiedeln
Schloss Rapperswil ©
Schloss Rapperswil

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 1st (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally stroll through Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): kick back and relax at Seebad Eich, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel route site .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lucerne are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Seebad Eich, Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©

5
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 The Cathedral of Bern and Chateau de Neuchatel. UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Oberhofen Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Gorges de l'Areuse (in Boudry), Stockhorn (in Erlenbach im Simmental) and Adelboden (in Adelboden). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, take a stroll through Matte, and explore the ancient world of Roman Amphitheatre.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bern day trip site .

Take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Neuchatel, Roman Amphitheatre, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, Stockhorn, Simmenfalle
Highlights from your plan
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore hidden gems such as Valere Basilica and Chateau de Tourbillon. Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Chateau de Chillon will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: No1 Sports (in Verbier), Lac d'Emosson (in Salvan) and Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Chandolin). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'Eglise St Vincent, steep yourself in history at Vieille-Ville de Montreux, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip website .

You can drive from Bern to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sion, Les Bisses de Nendaz, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, Chateau de Chillon, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
Highlights from your plan
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica

5
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 outdoors at Grosse Scheidegg and Maennlichen. Explore hidden gems such as Aletsch Glacier and Bergrestaurant Aellfluh. Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach (in Ernen), 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Lauterbrunnen (Murrenbach Waterfalls & Trümmelbachfälle). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, play a few rounds at Minigolf, stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and wander the streets of Alpiglen.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip planner .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach
Highlights from your plan
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society. Escape the urban bustle at Great St. Bernard Pass and The Matterhorn. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Barrage de Moiry (in Anniviers), L'Hospice du Gd-St-Bernard (in Bourg Saint Pierre) and Cave La Romaine (in Flanthey). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, and head outdoors with Alpine Adventures Zermatt.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cave La Romaine, L'Hospice du Gd-St-Bernard, Great St. Bernard Pass, Barrage de Moiry
Highlights from your plan
Great St. Bernard Pass ©
Great St. Bernard Pass
Breithorn ©
Breithorn
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castello Di Mesocco, admire the sheer force of Alta Piumogna Waterfalls, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicolao, then take a stroll through Santa Petronilla, then do a tasting at Tamborini Vini, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with San Bernardino Pass, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bellinzona road trip site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bellinzona in 5.5 hours. August in Bellinzona sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Santa Petronilla, Alta Piumogna Waterfalls, Castello Di Mesocco, Tamborini Vini, Chiesa di San Nicolao
Highlights from your plan
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello Di Mesocco ©
Castello Di Mesocco

6
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Benedictine Convent of Saint John Mustair and Church of San Gian will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Schloss Tarasp and The Burial Church of Santa Maria. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Moritz: Poschiavo (Lago di Poschiavo & Marmites des geants), Guarda (in Guarda) and Val Mustair (in Mustair). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, appreciate the views at Val Fex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kirche San Karl St. Moritz-Bad, and get great views at Muottas Muragl.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz online travel planner .

You can drive from Bellinzona to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bellinzona in August, expect St. Moritz to be slightly colder, temps between 22°C and 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Wildhaus.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mustair, Poschiavo, The Burial Church of Santa Maria, Church of San Gian, Landwasser Viaduct
Highlights from your plan
Piz Corvatsch ©
Piz Corvatsch
Piz Nair ©
Piz Nair
Lago di Poschiavo ©
Lago di Poschiavo

1
night
Wildhaus

Wildhaus ©
Wildhaus is a village and former municipality in the Toggenburg region of the canton of St. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): revel in the low prices at Landquart Fashion Outlet.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Wildhaus online day trip planner .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Wildhaus in 2.5 hours. While traveling from St. Moritz, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wildhaus, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Schaffhausen.

Things to do in Wildhaus

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Santis der Berg, Landsgemeindeplatz, Bleicheli Stadtlounge, Seerenbach Falls Seerenbachfälle, Landquart Fashion Outlet
Highlights from your plan
 Seerenbach Falls Seerenbachfälle ©
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Landquart Fashion Outlet ©
Landquart Fashion Outlet

3
nights
Schaffhausen

Schaffhausen ©
Schaffhausen is a town with historic roots, a municipality in northern Switzerland, and the capital of the canton of the same name; it has an estimated population of 36,000. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Bruderklausen-Kapelle Frauenfeld, do a tasting at Weingut Hausammann, look for gifts at ihr Fabrikat, then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Laufen, and finally step into the grandiose world of Munot. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Burg Radegg, learn about winemaking at Bergtrotte Osterfingen, look for all kinds of wild species at Naturzentrum Thurauen, then steep yourself in history at Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen, and finally contemplate the long history of Siegelturm.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Schaffhausen trip planner .

Traveling by car from Wildhaus to Schaffhausen takes 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Schaffhausen can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Basel.

Things to do in Schaffhausen

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Stein am Rhein, Frauenfeld, Schloss Laufen, Naturzentrum Thurauen, Bergtrotte Osterfingen
Highlights from your plan
Munot ©
Munot
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Schloss Laufen ©
Schloss Laufen

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nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Take a break from the city and head to CityBeach Messe and Skulpturenweg. Visit Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche and Basel Historical Museum - Musikmuseum for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Kloster Mariastein (in Metzerlen-Mariastein), Lac Vert d'Undervelier (in Undervelier) and Luftseilbahn Reigoldswil-Wasserfallen (in Reigoldswil). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, head outdoors with Seilpark Balmberg, and pause for some serene contemplation at Romisch-katholische Kirche - Herz Jesu.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Basel vacation planner .

You can take a train from Schaffhausen to Basel in an hour. Another option is to drive. In September, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Basel

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Laufen, Arlesheim, Seilpark Balmberg, Skulpturenweg, Chapelle du Vorbourg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen

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