20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+3
train + Fly + foot + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Montreux
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Visit Chateau de Chillon and Eglise Romane de Rougemont for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Creux du Van and Glacier 3000. Take a break from Montreux with a short trip to Place de la Palud in Lausanne, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner .

Philadelphia, USA to Montreux is an approximately 15-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eglise Romane de Rougemont, Creux du Van, Chaplin's World, Glacier 3000, Place de la Palud
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Popular historic sites such as Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Trümmelbachfälle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Raron (Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael & Burgkirche Raron). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Raron, Trümmelbachfälle
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maennlichen and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Get in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Lauterbrunnen Village in Lauterbrunnen, approximately 36 minutes away. There's more to do: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall and hike along The Eiger Trail.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 14th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, explore the historical opulence of Sasso Corbaro Castle, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then admire the striking features of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bellinzona itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bellinzona takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites
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Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Morteratsch Glacier and Lake St. Moritz. Step out of the city life by going to Val Roseg and Piz Nair. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, get great views at Diavolezza, go for a walk through Heidi's blumenweg, and appreciate the views at Engadine.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip itinerary planning app .

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Bellinzona to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, St. Moritz is little chillier than Bellinzona - with highs of 53°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass
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Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aare Gorge and Lindenhof. Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church will appeal to history buffs. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and stop by CIRCLE - The Sustainable Shop.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich route builder website .

Drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from St. Moritz in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Zurich, with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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