26 days in Switzerland Itinerary

26 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland attractions planner

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Basel
— 3 nights
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Bern
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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St. Moritz
— 3 nights
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Davos
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
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Basel

— 3 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Popular historic sites such as Augusta Raurica and Offene Kirche Elisabethen are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Fondation Beyeler and Jean Tinguely Museum. Step out of Basel with an excursion to Schloss Ebenrain in Sissach--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, take an in-depth tour of Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Basel online trip itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Basel is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in March: high temperatures in Basel hover around 13°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

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 Creux du Van and Cathedrale St-Nicolas. Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOONfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Maennlichen (in Grindelwald) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Bern tour planner.

Getting from Basel to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Nature · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Geneva

— 4 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle) and Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maison Tavel and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral, explore the activities along Lake Geneva, stroll around Parc Des Bastions, and make a trip to Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Geneva itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Montreux

— 2 nights
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 17th (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at Les Bains de Lavey, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, and then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Fondation Opale, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, then examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and finally admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montreux route planning app.

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Aletsch Glacier and Luftseilbahnen Fiesch-Eggishorn AG. Popular historic sites such as Mountaineers' Cemetery and Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch are in your itinerary. Take a break from Zermatt with a short trip to Riederalp in Riederalp, about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt itinerary planner.

Drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

St. Moritz

— 3 nights
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Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Segantini Museum and Berry Museum. Visiting Piz Nair and Engadine will get you outdoors. When in St. Moritz, make a side trip to see Val Roseg in Pontresina, approximately Pontresina away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Piz Corvatsch, get great views at Diavolezza, explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Muottas Muragl.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Zermatt to St. Moritz by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or ride a tram. In March, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Davos.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Davos

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, hit the slopes at Parsenn Skigebiet, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Davos, and finally get outside with Jacobshorn. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rinerhorn, hit the slopes at Lenzerheide Ski Resort, then wander the streets of Old Town Chur, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Davos Klosters Ski Resort.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Davos online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Davos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in March, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Davos

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Glasi Hergiswil and Altstadt Schaffhausen. Discover out-of-the-way places like Munot and Jesuitenkirche. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse & Old Town). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche and identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Davos to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. When traveling from Davos in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lucerne: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.