19 days in Switzerland, Innsbruck & Munich Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, Innsbruck & Munich Itinerary

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Start: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Neuchatel, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  8 h 30 min
6
Innsbruck, Austria
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  21 h
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

3
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Niederdorf and Limmat. Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Biosphaere Entlebuch & The Nine Towers) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 17.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Zurich. In December, Zurich is much colder than Porto Alegre - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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Bellinzona, Switzerland

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. On the 13th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelli di Bellinzona. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Castello di Montebello, then stop by Santa Petronilla, and then take in the dramatic scenery at The Froda Waterfall.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Bellinzona itinerary tool.

Drive from Zurich to Bellinzona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Bellinzona, with highs around 10°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Santa Petronilla, Monte Tamaro, The Froda Waterfall
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Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castello di Montebello ©
Castello di Montebello
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall and then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then explore the historical opulence of Oberhofen Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen visit planner.

You can drive from Bellinzona to Lauterbrunnen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Oberhofen Castle, Blumental Panorama Trail
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
Oberhofen Castle ©
Oberhofen Castle

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Neuchatel, Switzerland

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Neuchatel, then examine the collection at Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale St-Nicolas, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, look for all kinds of wild species at Gorges de l'Areuse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Collegiale church.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Neuchatel sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Neuchatel takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cathedrale St-Nicolas, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, International Museum of Watches, Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, Gorges de l'Areuse
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Gorges de l'Areuse ©
Gorges de l'Areuse
Cathedrale St-Nicolas ©
Cathedrale St-Nicolas
International Museum of Watches ©
International Museum of Watches

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Mountaineers' Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Trockener Steg. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Sion to see Valere Basilica about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip planning tool.

You can take a train from Neuchatel to Zermatt in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Valere Basilica
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

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night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): browse the exhibits of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), identify plant and animal life at Leutascher Geisterklamm, and then try your luck at Casino Seefeld. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone, then catch a ride on Zillertal Arena, and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck travel planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Innsbruck takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Munich.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leutascher Geisterklamm, Zillertal Arena, Casino Seefeld, Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone
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Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone ©
Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone
Zillertal Arena ©
Zillertal Arena
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl) ©
The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)

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nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Peter und Paul, contemplate the long history of Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, and then identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Fuggerei, sample the tasty concoctions at Andechs Monastery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Munich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Mittenwald, Fuggerei, Andechs Monastery, Starnberger See, Partnachklamm
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Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald ©
Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
Fuggerei ©
Fuggerei

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