44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Rheinfelden
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 5 nights
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Bellinzona
— 1 night
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St. Moritz
— 6 nights
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Wildhaus
— 1 night
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Schaffhausen
— 3 nights
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Basel
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Rheinfelden

— 2 nights
Rheinfelden is a town in the district of Lörrach in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. On the 24th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Amphitheater von Vindonissa, try your luck at Grand Casino Baden, then take a peaceful walk through Linner Linde, and finally delve into the distant past at Ruine Laufenburg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Klingnauer Stausee, then trek along Seeuferweg Hallwilersee, then look for gifts at Pauli Papeterie + Spielwaren AG, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ebenrain.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Rheinfelden online trip itinerary maker.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Rheinfelden

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. Visiting Hollgrotten and Lake Zurich will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Naturschutzzentrum Neeracherried (in Neerach), Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln) and Schloss Rapperswil (in Rapperswil). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Limmatquai, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wyden Badi, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zurich route planner.

Drive from Rheinfelden to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 1st (Thu), examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): stroll through Seebad Eich, then get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Bern

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
The Cathedral of Bern and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Oberhofen Castle and Chateau de Neuchatel. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Gorges de l'Areuse (in Boudry), Adelboden (in Adelboden) and Stockhorn (in Erlenbach im Simmental). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, and explore the ancient world of Roman Amphitheatre.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bern visit app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 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 · Museums

Side Trips

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rochers-de-Naye and Valere Basilica. Chateau de Chillon and Vieille-Ville de Montreux are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Lac d'Emosson (in Salvan), No1 Sports (in Verbier) and Chateau de Tourbillon (in Sion). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Vincent, get outside with Les Bisses de Nendaz, and pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Montreux road trip tool.

Getting from Bern to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen. Explore hidden gems such as Bachalpsee Lake and Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Wengen (Minigolf & Molitor), 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach (in Ernen). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, get great views at Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mountaineers' Cemetery and L'Hospice du Gd-St-Bernard. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Great St. Bernard Pass and Breithorn. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Barrage de Moiry (in Anniviers) and Cave La Romaine (in Flanthey). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riffelsee, take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, and get a new perspective on things with Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Bellinzona

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Castello Di Mesocco, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata della Piumogna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicolao, then wander the streets of Cascate di Santa Petronilla, then learn about winemaking at Tamborini Vini, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with San Bernardino Pass, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then steep yourself in history at Palazzo della Societa Bancaria Ticinese, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bellinzona road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bellinzona takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Moritz

— 6 nights
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Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake St. Moritz and Val Fex. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Schloss Tarasp and Engadine Museum. Explore St. Moritz's surroundings by going to Lago di Poschiavo (in Le Prese), Val Mustair (in Mustair) and Guarda (in Guarda). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Silvaplana, stroll through Piz Nair, and take in the dramatic natural features at Marmites des Geants.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the St. Moritz online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. In August, St. Moritz is slightly colder than Bellinzona - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Wildhaus.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wildhaus

— 1 night
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.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Wildhaus road trip planning tool.

Drive from St. Moritz to Wildhaus in 2.5 hours. When traveling from St. Moritz in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Wildhaus: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Schaffhausen.

Things to do in Wildhaus

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schaffhausen

— 3 nights
The Canton of Schaffhausen is a canton of Switzerland. 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 & Meerhaus, then stroll through Rhine Falls, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Laufen, and finally explore the historical opulence of Munot. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Burg Radegg, do a tasting at Bergtrotte Osterfingen, identify plant and animal life at Naturzentrum Thurauen, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen, and finally don't miss a visit to Siegelturm.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Schaffhausen online road trip planner.

Drive from Wildhaus to Schaffhausen in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Schaffhausen

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Basel

— 4 nights
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.
Visiting CityBeach Messe and Skulpturenweg will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Art Basel and Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Lac Vert d'Undervelier (in Undervelier), Kloster Mariastein (in Metzerlen-Mariastein) and Region Wasserfallen (in Reigoldswil). And it doesn't end there: visit Basel's Old Town, contemplate the long history of Ermitage, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Katharinenkirche, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom von Arlesheim.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Basel trip planning site.

You can take a train from Schaffhausen to Basel in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In September, daytime highs in Basel are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.