13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland travel planner

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Zurich
— 3 nights
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St. Moritz
— 1 night
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Bellinzona
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Zurich

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum Rietberg and Jesuitenkirche. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Landesmuseum. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Mt Pilatus in Kriens, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Francisco in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 41°F and lows are around 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

St. Moritz

— 1 night
St.
On the 26th (Sun), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Piz Nair, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl.

Plan my day in St. Moritz using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Zurich to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Bellinzona

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 27th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Castello di Montebello, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande.

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Drive from St. Moritz to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Moritz in December, you will find days in Bellinzona are a bit warmer (48°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga and then fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

Plan my trip to Zermatt with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Bellinzona to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 29:

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll explore and learn at Collection de l'Art Brut and Queen Studio Experience. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rochers-de-Naye and Les Bains de Lavey. Step out of Montreux with an excursion to Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, and examine the collection at Nest.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux holiday maker tool.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Parks · Spas · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Basel

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): make a trip to Muensterplatz, then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and then look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur).

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Basel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Basel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Basel, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

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.