19 days in Switzerland, Innsbruck & Munich Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, Innsbruck & Munich Itinerary

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19 days in Switzerland, Innsbruck & Munich Itinerary

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
7
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Porto Alegre, Brazil

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Old Town (Altstadt) and Fraumünster Church for their historical value. Bahnhofstrasse and Niederdorf are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planning app .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Zurich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Porto Alegre to Zurich, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Zurich is colder than Porto Alegre - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

1
night
Bellinzona, Switzerland

Bellinzona ©
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the landscape on two wheels at Monte Tamaro, then take in the architecture and atmosphere 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. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello, wander the streets of Santa Petronilla, and then admire the sheer force of The Froda Waterfall.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bellinzona road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bellinzona takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bellinzona: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 0°C at night. 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

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

2
nights
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 Fall, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo Oberhofen.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen online day trip planner .

Drive from Bellinzona to Lauterbrunnen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive 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
Oberhofen Castle ©
Oberhofen Castle

3
nights
Neuchatel, Switzerland

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of The Chateau, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicholas, and finally wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gorges de l'Areuse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Collegiale church.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Neuchatel online journey planner .

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Neuchatel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. 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

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

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Gornergrat. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and St. Mauritius Church Zermatt. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Sion to see Church-Fortress of Valere about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and hit the slopes at Trockener Steg.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online journey planner .

Traveling by train from Neuchatel to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Valere Basilica
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Valere Basilica ©
Valere Basilica
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck ©
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
On the 22nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), look for all kinds of wild species at Leutascher Geisterklamm, and then try your luck at Casino Seefeld. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone, then fly down the slopes at Zillertal Arena, and then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Innsbruck road trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Innsbruck in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. 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 Transportation Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leutascher Geisterklamm, Casino Seefeld, Zillertal Arena, Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone
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Zillertal Arena ©
Zillertal Arena
Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter und Paul, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald, and then identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Fuggerei, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation planner .

You can take a train from Innsbruck to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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