20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
train + Fly:  14​h
1
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
2
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lugano
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chaplin's World and Le Port d'Ouchy. Change things up with these side-trips from Lausanne: Creux du Van (in Neuchatel) and Montreux (Wine Tours & Tastings & Rochers-de-Naye). Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower, and stop by O'Coeur des Reves ....

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lausanne online tour itinerary planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Lausanne is an approximately 14-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Lausanne is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Rochers-de-Naye, Chaplin's World, O'Coeur des Reves ..., Creux du Van
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Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Sunnegga and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, make a trip to Walk of Climb, and browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 10th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls and then get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch.

Plan my day in Lauterbrunnen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Jungfraujoch
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

3
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parco Civico and Castelli di Bellinzona. Change things up with these side-trips from Lugano: Locarno (Falconeria Locarno & Verzasca Dam), Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso (in Orselina) and Bellinzona (Castello di Montebello & Castelgrande). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, stop by Inperfetta Vintage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, and make a trip to Piazza della Riforma.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lugano trip site .

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Lugano takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno, Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli ©

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Muottas Muragl and Morteratsch Glacier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina), Caumasee (in Flims) and Chur (Obere Gasse & Old Town Chur). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, make a trip to Chesa Futura, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, and explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Moritz trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in October, things will get slightly colder in St. Moritz: highs are around 53°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pontresina, Chur, Caumasee, Bernina Pass
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Spreuer Bridge and Lindenhofplatz. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, make a trip to Bellevue Square, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich vacation tool .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from St. Moritz in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Zurich, with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

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