16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Zurich
— 1 night
Train:  3 h
2
Lausanne
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
3
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Crans-Montana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Interlaken
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
7
Murren
— Few hours
Bus:  15 min
8
Lauterbrunnen
— 1 night
travelMode.name.cable_car:  30 min
9
Grindelwald
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
10
Lugano
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
11
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
12
Zurich
— 1 day
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 20th (Thu), stop by CIRCLE - The Sustainable Shop.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary builder tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Zurich, with lows of 16°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zurich

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CIRCLE - The Sustainable Shop ©
CIRCLE - The Sustainable Shop

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Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stop by Bazar d'Ouchy and then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique).

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Lausanne takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. On the 21st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) ©
Bazar d'Ouchy ©
Bazar d'Ouchy
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

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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 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, and then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, learn about winemaking at La Cave Vevey-Montreux, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then try your luck at Casino de Montreux, and finally see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Montreux using our trip planner.

Montreux is just a stone's throw from Lausanne. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Crans-Montana.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

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Crans-Montana

Crans-Montana ©
Crans-Montana is a municipality in the district of Sierre in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. Get outdoors at Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf and Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crans-Montana: Spas (in Leukerbad), Chateau de Tourbillon (in Sion) and Lac Bleu (in Arolla). There's much more to do: hike along Gemmi Pass, admire the masterpieces at Art'Collections Museum, get in on the family fun at Happyland, and look for gifts at David L'instant Chocolat.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Crans-Montana online trip builder.

You can drive from Montreux to Crans-Montana in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Crans-Montana

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Gemmi Pass, Spas, Happyland, Chateau de Tourbillon, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
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Gemmi Pass ©
Gemmi Pass
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf ©
Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
Spas

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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 27th (Thu): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and then stop by Laderach. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt travel route planning app.

Explore your travel options from Crans-Montana to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Nature Parks
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn

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hours
Interlaken

Interlaken
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will leave for Murren on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Murren

Murren
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Murren trip itinerary planning site.

Murren is very close to Interlaken. You'll set off for Lauterbrunnen on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Murren

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen trip planner.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Murren. On the 29th (Sat), you're off to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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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.
On the 29th (Sat), stop by Mont -Bell Grindelwald, hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and finally wander the streets of Alpiglen. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, then fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then identify plant and animal life at Axalp, and finally explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip planner.

Grindelwald is just a short distance from Lauterbrunnen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Axalp, The Eiger
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Maennlichen Royal Walk ©
Maennlichen Royal Walk
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza della Riforma.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Lugano day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Mon) before leaving for Lucerne.
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Piazza della Riforma ©
Piazza della Riforma

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Tue): kick back and relax at Seebad Eich, then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, then kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park, and finally explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect Lucerne to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Seebad Eich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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Zurich

Zurich ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, then stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and finally take a stroll through Old Town.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich visit planning tool.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

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