30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  34​h
1
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Locarno
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lucerne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Neuchatel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Montreux
— 4 nights
train:  3​h
7
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h 15​min
8
Lausanne
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Explore hidden gems such as Lake St. Moritz and Morteratsch Glacier. Take a break from the city and head to Piz Nair and Engadine. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Lago del Cavloc (in Bregaglia). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass, get great views at Diavolezza, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Corvatsch.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip app .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Moritz is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Auckland in September, St. Moritz is slightly colder at night with lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Locarno.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pontresina, Lago del Cavloc, Bernina Pass
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Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

5
nights
Locarno

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
Castle of Sasso Corbaro and Monte San Giorgio will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Lido di Lugano and Chiesa di San Michele. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Locarno: Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie (in Bellinzona), Mario Botta's Mountain Church (in Mogno) and Monte Generoso (in Capolago). The adventure continues: cruise along Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, head outdoors with Cimetta, see the interesting displays at Ghisla Art Collection, and pause for some serene contemplation at Collegiata di San Vittore.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Locarno road trip planning tool .

Getting from St. Moritz to Locarno by car takes about 3 hours. In September, Locarno is somewhat warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Locarno

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina, Monte Generoso, Monte San Giorgio, Mario Botta's Mountain Church
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Lido di Lugano ©
Lido di Lugano
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina ©
Ponte Tibetano Valle di Sementina

4
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and Furka Pass. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jesuitenkirche and The Rosengart Collection. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Munot (in Schaffhausen), Teufelsbrucke (in Andermatt) and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Pilatus Bahnen AG, examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip tool .

You can take a train from Locarno to Lucerne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Locarno in October, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Stadtkirche, Munot, Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, Teufelsbrucke, Furka Pass
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Munot ©
Munot
Teufelsbrucke ©
Teufelsbrucke

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 Lauterbrunnen Village and The Eiger Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Blumental Panorama Trail and Pfingstegg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Murren (Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg & 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, stop by Vogts Corner, appreciate the views at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Lucerne to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Murren, Lauterbrunnen
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The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
The Wetterhorn ©
The Wetterhorn

2
nights
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): get outside with Stade de la Maladiere, kick back and relax at Jeunes Rives, then see the interesting displays at Museum d'histoire naturelle, and finally view the masterpieces at Caractere, atelier galerie bijoux et objets contemporains.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Neuchatel trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Neuchatel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Outdoors Museums Parks
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Stade de la Maladiere ©
Stade de la Maladiere
Jeunes Rives ©
Jeunes Rives

4
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Lac d'Emosson. Get a sense of the local culture at Valere Basilica and Vieille-Ville de Montreux. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: Les Bisses de Nendaz (in Nendaz), Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Chandolin) and Sion (Chateau de Tourbillon & Place de la Planta). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at L'Eglise St Vincent, admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and learn about winemaking at La Cave Vevey-Montreux.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planner .

Traveling by car from Neuchatel to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sion, Salvan, Cathedrale St-Nicolas, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
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Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Oberrothorn, then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get outside with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, then hit the slopes at Trockener Steg, and finally stroll through 5-Seenweg.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel planner.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 21st (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, take a tour of La Suisse Steam paddle boat., then explore the fascinating underground world of Grottes de Vallorbe, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Rue de Bourg, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, and then examine the collection at Musee de l'Elysee.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lausanne online trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Grottes de Vallorbe, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
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Esplanade de Montbenon ©
Esplanade de Montbenon
Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Escaliers du Marche ©
Escaliers du Marche

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