16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Train:  14 h 30 min
1
Basel
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Chur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Bellinzona
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Neuchatel
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Montreux
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: Bangkok

2
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, then explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Ebenrain, then step into the grandiose world of Neu-Falkenstein Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Mariastein.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Basel travel itinerary planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Basel is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Basel due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Bangkok in April, with highs in Basel at 19°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Chur.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, Fondation Beyeler, Kloster Mariastein, Schloss Ebenrain, Neu-Falkenstein Castle
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Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

2
nights
Chur

Chur ©
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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): hit the slopes at Ski resort Lenzerheide, take a stroll through Old Town Chur, and then explore the historical opulence of Castle Haldenstein. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Arosa Ski Resort.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chur day trip website .

You can drive from Basel to Chur in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Chur

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Arosa Ski Resort, Lenzerheide Ski Resort, Castle Haldenstein
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Lenzerheide Ski Resort ©
Lenzerheide Ski Resort
Old Town Chur ©
Old Town Chur
Arosa Ski Resort ©
Arosa Ski Resort

1
night
Bellinzona

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 6th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, then explore the historical opulence of Sasso Corbaro Castle, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bellinzona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chur to Bellinzona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, and finally explore the world behind art at The Rosengart Collection.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Bellinzona in April since evenings lows in Lucerne dip to 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

2
nights
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel, take a peaceful walk through Creux du Van, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle de l'Ermitage, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Jeunes Rives. On your second day here, do a tasting at Domaine de Chambleau and then look for all kinds of wild species at Gorges de l'Areuse.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Neuchatel trip planner .

Getting from Lucerne to Neuchatel by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gorges de l'Areuse, Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel, Domaine de Chambleau
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Gorges de l'Areuse ©
Gorges de l'Areuse
Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel ©
Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel

3
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise Romane de Rougemont and Musée de Montreux. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ski Service and Collection de l'Art Brut. Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres), Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Chaplin's World, learn about winemaking at Maurice Neyroud, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Montreux trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Neuchatel to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

HR Giger Museum, Glacier 3000, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Ski Service, Eglise Romane de Rougemont
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Ski Service ©
Ski Service
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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 14th (Sun): hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cabane de Moiry and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Montreux to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Cabane de Moiry
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Cabane de Moiry ©
Cabane de Moiry

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