12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Landsgemeindeplatz. Bahnhofstrasse and Friedhof Fluntern are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Eggen-Hohenweg (in Teufen). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Zurich online visit planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 65°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

2
nights
Lucerne

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, steep yourself in history at Festung Vitznau, get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip maker site.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

2
nights
Grindelwald

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, play a few rounds at Minigolf, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

1
night
Montreux

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then walk around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Montreux trip maker tool.

Getting from Grindelwald to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

2
nights
Zermatt

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 Burgkirche Raron and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Step out of the city life by going to Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Spas (in Leukerbad), Stockalper Palace (in Brig) and Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael (in Raron). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Leuk, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and don't miss a visit to Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta".

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.