18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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1
Zurich
— 2 nights
2
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
4
Montreux
— 2 nights
5
Zermatt
— 3 nights
6
Bern
— 4 nights

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg and ARTBOX.GALLERYfor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Pilatus Luzern. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see The Rosengart Collection about 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, visit Niederdorf, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip site.

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In May, Zurich is little chillier than Los Angeles - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, steep yourself in history at Castle of Sasso Corbaro, thenexplore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Convento di Santa Maria Assunta, take in the views from Ponte dei Salti, admire the sheer force of The Froda Waterfall, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bellinzona sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Ponte dei Salti, The Froda Waterfall, Convento di Santa Maria Assunta
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Maennlichen. Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and The Eiger. When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen, approximately Wengen away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and look for gifts at Molitor.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Grindelwald tour itinerary builder site.

Drive from Bellinzona to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, thentake in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, thensee the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, thensee the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, thenview the masterpieces at Fondation de l'Hermitage, and finally explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Montreux journey planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Sunnegga. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Raron to see Burgkirche Raron about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard, and take in the spiritual surroundings of English Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Burgkirche Raron
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Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and Contemporary Art Gallery (Kunsthalle Bern). Head to Ambra Minerals and Galerie Rigassi by SOONfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Interlaken (Heimwehfluh & Parasailing & Paragliding), Thunersee (in Thun) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, view the masterpieces at SOON Galerie, get a taste of the local shopping with Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bern sightseeing planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Thunersee, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Ambra Minerals
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Ambra Minerals ©
Ambra Minerals
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas

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