13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Train:  16​h 45​min
1
Zermatt
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
St. Moritz
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

1
night
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" and then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. Keep things going the next day: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

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Chicago, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Zermatt is 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, look for all kinds of wild species at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines, then see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Montreux trip planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by train takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Grindelwald Area.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Chateau de Chillon, Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

3
nights
Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen ©
Jungfrau Region consists of two valleys north of the Jungfrau, a popular mountain-climbing destination standing 4,158 m (13,642 ft).
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Village and Maennlichen. Popular historic sites such as Kleine Scheidegg and St Gallus Catholic Church are in your itinerary. Explore Grindelwald Area's surroundings by going to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

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Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald Area takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Aare Gorge, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Convento di Santa Maria Assunta, explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, contemplate the long history of Castle of Sasso Corbaro, then explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bellinzona trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Grindelwald Area to Bellinzona by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bellinzona, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Convento di Santa Maria Assunta
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castle of Sasso Corbaro ©
Castle of Sasso Corbaro

2
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Val Roseg, take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, and then get great views at Piz Nair. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Diavolezza, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, then get great views at Muottas Muragl, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the St. Moritz itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. In August, St. Moritz is slightly colder than Bellinzona - with highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass
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Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 19th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Rhine Falls, then step into the grandiose world of Munot, then look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip website .

Getting from St. Moritz to Zurich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from St. Moritz in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Zurich: highs are around 76°F and lows about 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Munot
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Munot ©
Munot
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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