17 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

Start: Denver, United States
Fly:  12​h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  3​h
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  8​h 30​min
4
St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Vienna, Austria
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Denver, United States

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've added Caumasee, Santis der Berg, St. Laurenzen, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and take in panoramic vistas at Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip planning app .

Denver, USA to Zurich is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Zurich. Traveling from Denver in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Zurich, with lows of 30°F. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Santis der Berg, Caumasee
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Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Altstadt Luzern as well as Jesuitenkirche. On the 22nd (Sun), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planning site .

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You've added Elsie's Wine and Champagne Bar, Bar 55, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: cruise along Gornergrat, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zermatt attractions planning app .

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Transportation
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Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

2
nights
St. Moritz, Switzerland

St. Moritz ©
St.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy some diversion at Olympia Bobrun, then stroll through Piz Nair, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz driving holiday site .

Getting from Zermatt to St. Moritz by train takes about 8.5 hours. December in St. Moritz sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 27°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sat) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trip

Morteratsch Glacier
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Piz Nair ©
Piz Nair
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

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Drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

4
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Schonbrunn Palace, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral, and get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Vienna trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
The Hofburg ©
The Hofburg

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