12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Durban
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: Durban

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore hidden gems such as Niederdorf and Basel's Old Town. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: DIORAMA Bethlehem (in Einsiedeln), Lucerne (Spreuer Bridge, The Nine Towers, & more) and Old Town Chur (in Chur). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern and look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zurich vacation maker website .

Durban, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. 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 gain 1 hour traveling from Durban to Zurich. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Old Town Chur, DIORAMA Bethlehem, Basel's Old Town
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur

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St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Step out of the city life by going to Muottas Muragl and Piz Nair. Explore hidden gems such as Morteratsch Glacier and Diavolezza. Get out of town with these interesting St. Moritz side-trips: National Park Centre (in Zernez) and Val Roseg (in Pontresina). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of San Gian.

Discover how to plan a St. Moritz trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in St. Moritz can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trips

Pontresina, National Park Centre, Church of San Gian
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

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Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, view the masterpieces at Espace Quai1, then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then fly down the slopes at Glacier 3000, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de la Batiaz.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux road trip planning app .

Getting from St. Moritz to Montreux by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Glacier 3000, Espace Quai1, Chateau de la Batiaz
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye

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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald vacation site .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, The Eiger
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

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