19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
travelMode.name.cable_car:  30​min
6
Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get a sense of the local culture at Old Town and Kloster Einsiedeln. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Einkaufszentrum Glatt. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Chur to see Old Town Chur about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, look for gifts at Maurice de Mauriac, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online trip planner .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zurich is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Zurich. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Einkaufszentrum Glatt, Old Town Chur, Kloster Einsiedeln
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Kloster Einsiedeln ©
Kloster Einsiedeln

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg and The Cathedral of Bern. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale St-Nicolas and French Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Roman Amphitheatre (in Avenches) and Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen (in Hilterfingen). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen, take a stroll through Matte, and admire the local landmark of Simsonbrunnen.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bern day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, Roman Amphitheatre
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Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along 5-Seenweg, head outdoors with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, get interesting insight from Tours, then stop by Laderach, and finally take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge. On your second day here, make a trip to Riffelsee, stroll through Trockener Steg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Parish church of St Mauritius.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt visit planner.

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Get some historical perspective at Esplanade de Montbenon and Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice). Get a sense of the local culture at Vieux-Carouge and Chateau de Chillon. Step out of Lausanne with an excursion to Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve in Geneva--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), learn more about the world around you at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lausanne trip planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, Vieux-Carouge
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Escaliers du Marche ©
Escaliers du Marche
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Esplanade de Montbenon ©
Esplanade de Montbenon

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nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maennlichen and Kleine Scheidegg. Visiting The Eiger Trail and Maennlichen Royal Walk will get you outdoors. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Molitor in Wengen--about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Wetterhorn, take a stroll through Alpiglen, and admire the verdant scenery at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald tour itinerary website .

Drive from Lausanne to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to do a combination of to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Kleine Scheidegg, Molitor
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Maennlichen Royal Walk ©
Maennlichen Royal Walk
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 4th (Sat), fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, explore the world behind art at Thun-Panorama, and then don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, then head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A., and finally trek along North face Trail.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner .

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Grindelwald. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Murren, Thun-Panorama, North face Trail, Skigebiet Metsch
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Air-Glaciers, S.A. ©
Air-Glaciers, S.A.
North face Trail ©
North face Trail
Thun-Panorama ©
Thun-Panorama

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