17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Train
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Train
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Bus
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St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Train
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Chur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich
— 1 day

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Zurich — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 1st (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get curious at Swiss Science Center Technorama, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Zurich James Joyce Foundation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Peter, then stop by Confiserie Sprungli, and finally see the interesting displays at FIFA Museum.

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If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 3rd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, then admire the local landmark of Fontaine du Banneret, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Luzern, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, examine the collection at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 5th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

Before you visit Geneva, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Lucerne to Geneva by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Geneva are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

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 7th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, and finally explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

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 9th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gornergrat.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Lugano.
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli, then browse the different shops at Fox Town Factory Stores, and then get great views at Monte Bre. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parco Ciani, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then don't miss a visit to Swissminiatur, and finally get great views at Monte San Salvatore.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read Lugano tour builder tool.

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz — 2 nights

St.
On the 13th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Segantini Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, and finally make a trip to Chesa Futura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Muottas Muragl, explore the striking landscape at Berninapass, then explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier, and finally explore the activities along Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz).

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the St. Moritz trip itinerary app.

Getting from Lugano to St. Moritz by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in May, expect St. Moritz to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Chur.
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Chur — 2 nights

Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. On the 15th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Tamina Gorge, then look for all kinds of wild species at Heidiland, then don't miss a visit to Arcas, and finally don't miss a visit to Obere Gasse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): awaken your taste buds at Wine Tours Switzerland, make a trip to St. Martinsplatz, and then take a stroll through Old Town Chur.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chur road trip website.

Getting from St. Moritz to Chur by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or ride a tram. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Wineries · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Zurich — 1 day

Big Small Town

Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and finally look for gifts at Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary planner.

Getting from Chur to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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