21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Fondation Beyeler and Basel Paper Mill Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Creux du Van and Fondation de l'Hermitage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Collection de l'Art Brut (in Lausanne) and Jean Tinguely Museum (in Basel). There's lots more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern trip builder tool .

New York City, USA to Bern is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Bern. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Bern at 75°F and lows at 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Basel, Lausanne, Fondation Beyeler, Creux du Van
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Discover out-of-the-way places like Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Ski Service. Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Staubbach Waterfall in Lauterbrunnen--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip itinerary app .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ski Service, Staubbach Waterfall
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Ski Service ©
Ski Service

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 15th (Mon), see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then take in the exciting artwork at Plexus Art Gallery, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux day trip planning site .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

Glacier 3000, Chateau de Chillon, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, HR Giger Museum
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

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.
Visiting Jungfraujoch and Lauterbrunnen Village will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Oeschinen Lake and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Trümmelbachfälle in Lauterbrunnen--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, stop by Molitor, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Oeschinen Lake
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Visiting Piz Nair and Bernina Pass will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Morteratsch Glacier and Muottas Muragl. Explore St. Moritz's surroundings by going to Old Town Chur (in Chur), Alp Flix (in Sur) and Val Roseg (in Pontresina). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz and take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz travel planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to St. Moritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass, Alp Flix, Old Town Chur
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Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Aare Gorge and The Rosengart Collection. Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzernfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, get a taste of the local shopping with ARTBOX.GALLERY, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planning site .

Drive from St. Moritz to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in June; daily highs in Zurich reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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