12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Train:  18 h
1
Lucerne
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Basel
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Zermatt
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Montreux
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then make a trip to The Nine Towers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip planning website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Lucerne is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time to Central European Time is minus 7 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in April: high temperatures in Lucerne hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 5th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castello di Montebello.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Bellinzona itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lucerne to Bellinzona takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lucerne in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 9°C in Bellinzona. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

3
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Popular historic sites such as Munot and The Cathedral of Bern are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Basel's Old Town and Jean Tinguely Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum & Federal Building (Bundeshaus)) and Schloss THUN (in Thun). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler and see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Basel, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Basel takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Basel when traveling from Bellinzona in April, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Munot, Fondation Beyeler, Schloss Thun
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Munot ©
Munot
Schloss Thun ©
Schloss Thun
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

1
night
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

You can drive from Basel to Lauterbrunnen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks
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Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt day trip app .

Take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Tours
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Parish Church of St. Mauritius ©
Parish Church of St. Mauritius

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Tourbillon and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. For shopping fun, head to Ski Service or Fribourg Centre. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Les Bisses de Nendaz (in Nendaz) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St Vincent, appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, and stroll around Promenade Sur Les Quais De Montreux.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montreux trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Fribourg, Les Bisses de Nendaz, Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, Chateau de Tourbillon, Ski Service
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Ski Service ©
Ski Service
Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune ©
Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune
Chateau de Tourbillon ©
Chateau de Tourbillon

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