13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Cape Town

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Pilatus Luzern. We've included these beaches for you: Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Strandbad Mythenquai. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Old Town, and stop by Niederdorf.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planning site .

Cape Town, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Muottas Muragl and Val Roseg. Get in touch with nature at Piz Nair and Morteratsch Glacier. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Moritz: Flims (Trutg dil Flem & Caumasee) and Lenzerheide Ski Resort (in Lenzerheide). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Bernina Pass, get great views at Diavolezza, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz road trip app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to St. Moritz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Zurich in September, things will get little chillier in St. Moritz: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pontresina, Flims, Lenzerheide Ski Resort, Bernina Pass
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass

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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get outdoors at Jungfraujoch and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Explore hidden gems such as Maennlichen and Lauterbrunnen Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, trek along The Eiger, and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip maker website .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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 2nd (Fri): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and finally make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

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