41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Chur
— 2 nights
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Lugano
— 5 nights
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Drive to Laveno, Ferry to Verbania,Intra, Drive to Zermatt
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 5 nights
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Geneva
— 7 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 5 nights
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Zurich
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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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town Chur and St Mauritius Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours Switzerland and Lenzerheide Ski Resort. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chur: Grabser Muhlbach (in Grabs), Landwasser Viaduct (in Filisur) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Flauderei, and step into the grandiose world of Castle Haldenstein.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Chur trip maker website.

Berlin, Germany to Chur is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lugano.
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Lugano — 5 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Castelgrande and Castello di Montebello are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Santa Maria degli Angioli and Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Ascona (Bagno Pubblico Ascona & Lungolago Di Ascona), Castelli di Bellinzona (in Bellinzona) and Falconeria Locarno (in Locarno). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, stroll around Parco Ciani, take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Giorgio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lugano visit website.

Drive from Chur to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Lugano can reach 10°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society. Explore hidden gems such as Simplonpass and Sunnegga. Step out of Zermatt to go to Brig and see Stockalper Palace, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", look for gifts at Laderach, and tour in style with a train tour.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt itinerary planner.

Do a combination of car and ferry from Lugano to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montreux.
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Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:

Montreux — 5 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore hidden gems such as Les Bains de Lavey and Queen Studio Experience. Visit Chateau de Chillon and Valere Basilica for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Lac Alpin De Champex (in Champex), Villars Gryon (in Villars-sur-Ollon) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's much more to do: go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, explore the historical opulence of Gruyeres Castle, admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut, and go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux vacation planning app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 7 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.
Visit Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Plage de Celigny and Notre Dame Basilica. On the 11th (Wed), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, walk around Parc Des Bastions, explore the activities along Lake Geneva, and don't miss a visit to Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Geneve.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bern.
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Bern — 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Visit The Cathedral of Bern and Cathedrale St-Nicolas for their historical value. Explore hidden gems such as Oeschinen Lake and Ambra Minerals. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Vieille Ville de Thoune (in Thun), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Jeunes Rives (in Neuchatel). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bern itinerary builder.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in January, Bern is little chillier at night with lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.
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Find places to stay Jan 15 — 19:

Basel — 5 nights

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basel's Old Town and Museum Tinguely. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing and Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Seebad Eich (in Eich) and Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach). And it doesn't end there: get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, make a trip to Spalen Gate, indulge in some personalized pampering at Wellness-Welt sole uno, and get engrossed in the history at Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Basel trip planner.

Drive from Bern to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:

Zurich — 8 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Jesuitenkirche. Explore hidden gems such as Niederdorf and Landesmuseum. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Kloster Einsiedeln (in Einsiedeln) and Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil (in Rapperswil). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kathedrale St.Gallen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, and examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel route site.

You can drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Jan 24 — Feb 1:

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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