17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Zurich
— 2 nights
2
Zermatt
— 3 nights
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
4
Neuchatel
— 3 nights
5
Geneva
— 4 nights

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Grossmunster are in your itinerary. When in Zurich, make a side trip to see Jesuitenkirche in Lucerne, approximately Lucerne away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich tour itinerary builder site.

Cincinnati, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Discover out-of-the-way places like Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Parish Church of St. Mauritius. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Saas-Fee to see Saas Fee Ski Resort about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt road trip website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Zermatt takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Saas Fee Ski Resort
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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Grindelwald

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Appreciate the collections at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Grindelwald Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Lac de Claus. Change things up with a short trip to Aare Gorge in Meiringen (about 56 minutes away). There's much more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, look for gifts at Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, and admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

For ratings and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Aare Gorge, Lac de Claus, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

3
nights
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Do some cultural sightseeing at HR Giger Museum and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and Caractere, atelier galerie bijoux et objets contemporains. Venture out of the city with trips to Bern (Federal Building (Bundeshaus) & The Cathedral of Bern), Papiliorama (in Kerzers) and Creux du Van (in Gorgier). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jeunes Rives and look for gifts at Xocolatl, Le Paradis du Chocolat.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Neuchatel road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Neuchatel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Chaplin's World, Papiliorama, Xocolatl, Le Paradis du Chocolat, Creux du Van
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Jeunes Rives ©
Jeunes Rives
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Collection de l'Art Brut and Chateau de Chillon. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle) and Mont Saleve. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Ski Service (in Verbier), Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny) and Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Neuchatel to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Geneva are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Ski Service, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Collection de l'Art Brut, Chateau de Chillon, Mont Saleve
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Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

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