13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland tour planner

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Train
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Geneva
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Train
3
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train
4
Interlaken
Drive
5
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Brig
Drive
7
Chur
— 1 night
Drive
8
St. Moritz
— 1 day
Drive
9
Andermatt
— 1 day
Drive
10
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly

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Geneva

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.
To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Geneva trip builder site.

Paris, France to Geneva is an approximately 4-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Geneva to be slightly colder, temps between 42°F and 31°F. On the 22nd (Wed), you're off to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Nightlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Montreux

— 1 night
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 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Musée suisse de l'appareil photographique, steep yourself in history at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, then admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, and finally hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Montreux trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and Breithorn. And it doesn't end there: have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take some stellar pictures from Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Oberrothorn, and hit the slopes at FLEXRENT Snow Sports Rental.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt route maker app.

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 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

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.
For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. December in Interlaken sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. You'll set off for Grindelwald on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

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 26th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, stop by Molitor, and then visit Alpiglen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Melchsee-Frutt, contemplate the waterfront views at Lungernersee, then get great views at Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, and finally examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online itinerary planner.

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Brig

Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Brig trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Brig in 2.5 hours. December in Brig sees daily highs of 34°F and lows of 25°F at night. You'll set off for Chur on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Brig

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Chur

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Forum Wurth Chur, explore the historical opulence of Castle Haldenstein, and then stroll around Kurpark.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Chur trip planner.

You can drive from Brig to Chur in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Chur

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

St. Moritz

— 1 day
St.
On the 29th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Val Fex, then examine the collection at Museum Mili Weber Haus, then admire the masterpieces at Berry Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Chesa Futura.

To find out how to plan a trip to St. Moritz, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chur to St. Moritz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or ride a tram. In December in St. Moritz, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 27°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Andermatt.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Andermatt

— 1 day
Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. Plan my trip to Andermatt with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from St. Moritz to Andermatt by car takes about 3 hours. On the 30th (Thu), you're off to Lucerne.

Things to do in Andermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, then see the interesting displays at Bourbaki Panorama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and finally take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, examine the collection at The Rosengart Collection, see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne journey planner.

Traveling by car from Andermatt to Lucerne takes an hour. In December in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've now added Maurice de Mauriac to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stop by Maurice de Mauriac.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping
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Highlights from your trip

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.