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
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Zurich — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum Rietberg and Landesmuseum. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Lake Zurich. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Jesuitenkirche (in Lucerne) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's more to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich day trip site.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Zurich due to the time zone difference. In December, Zurich is a bit cooler than San Francisco - with highs of 41°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.
Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 25:

St. Moritz — 1 night

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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.

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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.
Nature · Parks
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.
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.

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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.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Nature
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 Nest. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rochers-de-Naye and Queen Studio Experience. Step out of Montreux with an excursion to Glacier 3000 in Les Diablerets--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at Les Bains de Lavey, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Montreux driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Basel.
Museums · Parks · Spas · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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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.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.