33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lugano
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Montreux
— 5 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Zurich
— 8 nights

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Lugano

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Step out of the city life by going to Lido di Lugano and Monte Bre. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelli di Bellinzona and Castelgrande. Venture out of the city with trips to Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona), Castello di Montebello (in Bellinzona) and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso (in Orselina). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, take in the exciting artwork at Little Nemo Art Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lugano online road trip planner.

Zurich to Lugano is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in November, expect nights in Lugano to be about the same, around 4°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

2
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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 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

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Traveling by car from Lugano to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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Bern

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step out of the city life by going to Creux du Van and Harderkulm. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cathedral of Bern and Central Railroad Station. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg), Musee du Tram (in Boudry) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Ambra Minerals, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and enjoy the sand and surf at Jeunes Rives.

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Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; 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 8th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

6
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Geneva

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Maison Tavel and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). Get in touch with nature at Plage de Port-Choiseul and Bains des Paquis. Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chateau de Nyon in Nyon--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, stroll around Parc La Grange, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Russe, and make a trip to Broken Chair Sculpture.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Geneva holiday maker.

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

5
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Montreux

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Step off the beaten path and head to Les Bains de Lavey and Rochers-de-Naye. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Valere Basilica and Aigle Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets), Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne, Collection de l'Art Brut, &more) and Vieille ville (in Cossonay). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, savor the flavors at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montreux travel route planner.

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Spas

Side Trips

4
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Basel

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Offene Kirche Elisabethen and Augusta Raurica. Explore hidden gems such as Basel's Old Town and Seebad Eich. Step out of Basel with an excursion to La Combe Tabeillon in Glovelier--about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, make a trip to Muensterplatz, relax and rejuvenate at Wellness-Welt sole uno, and steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel travel route planner.

Getting from Montreux to Basel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll get in some beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: St Mauritius Church (in Appenzell), Lucerne (The Rosengart Collection, Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), &more) and St. Gallen (Stiftsbibliothek, Kathedrale St.Gallen, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Old Town, and make a trip to Old Town Chur.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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.