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
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bellinzona
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 3 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.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Eglise Romane de Rougemont are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Creux du Van and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Eglise de Concise (in Concise). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, Head underground at The Bex Salt Mines, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Cloitre.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux holiday planning website .

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 when traveling from Philadelphia to Montreux is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eglise de Concise, The Bex Salt Mines, Chaplin's World, Church of St Barvara, Glacier 3000
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get in touch with nature at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Aare Gorge. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Gorner Gorge. Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Parasailing & Paragliding in Interlaken--about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, get great views at Gornergrat, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maennlichen and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Step out of the city life by going to Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg) and Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, stroll through The Eiger Trail, look for gifts at Vogts Corner, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald vacation planning app .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 15th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, contemplate the long history of Sasso Corbaro Castle, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Civico di Bellinzona, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, take a stroll through Santa Petronilla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa di San Nicolao, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bellinzona visit planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bellinzona in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. October in Bellinzona sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trips

Monastero Benedettino di Santa Maria Assunta, Santa Petronilla, Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Chiesa di San Nicolao
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Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town Chur and St. Peter Mistail Church (Kirche St. Peter Mistail) are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Morteratsch Glacier and Bernina Pass. Step out of St. Moritz with an excursion to Val Roseg in Pontresina--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, appreciate the extensive heritage of Chamanna Segantini, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Piz Nair.

Plan trip to St. Moritz with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can do a combination of car and ferry from Bellinzona to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bellinzona 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 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pontresina, Old Town Chur, St. Peter Mistail Church (Kirche St. Peter Mistail), Bernina Pass
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Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Lion Monument (in Lucerne). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planning website .

Getting from St. Moritz to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from St. Moritz in October, Zurich is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Munot
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Munot ©
Munot
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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