12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich
— 2 nights
2
Lucerne
— 2 nights
3
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
4
Montreux
— 1 night
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Bahnhofstrasse and St Mauritius Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Landsgemeindeplatz (in Trogen) and Eggen-Hohenweg (in Teufen). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Zurich online visit planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, St Mauritius Church, Landsgemeindeplatz, Eggen-Hohenweg
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, steep yourself in history at Festung Vitznau, appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Maria Weggis, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Weggis, Festung Vitznau
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, play a few rounds at Minigolf, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To see photos and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Blumental Panorama Trail, Minigolf, Trümmelbachfälle, Kleine Scheidegg
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, thenwalk around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Montreux trip maker tool.

Getting from Grindelwald to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll set off for Zermatt on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes ©
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye

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nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get a sense of the local culture at Burgkirche Raron and Schloss Leuk. Step out of the city life by going to Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Stockalper Palace (in Brig), Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael (in Raron) and Spas (in Leukerbad). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and don't miss a visit to Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta".

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt holiday builder site.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Raron, Stockalper Palace, Spas, Schloss Leuk
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Schloss Leuk ©
Schloss Leuk

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