21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland planner

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Zurich
— 1 day
Drive
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Basel
— 2 nights
Train
3
Montreux
— 1 night
Train
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Bern
— 2 nights
Train
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Ascona
— 1 night
Drive
8
St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive
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Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive
10
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Train
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Zurich
— 3 nights
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Zurich

— 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Hong Kong to Zurich. Traveling from Hong Kong in July, expect nights in Zurich to be cooler, around 17°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 27:

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Spalen Gate. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, then steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, then meet the residents at Zoo Basel, and finally make a trip to Rathaus.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Basel are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 28:

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Montreux route planner.

Getting from Basel to Montreux by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 28 — 29:

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, pause for some photo ops at Mosesbrunnen, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally identify plant and animal life at Barenpark. On the next day, admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then steep yourself in history at Simsonbrunnen, then contemplate the long history of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bern road trip planner.

You can take a train from Montreux to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 29 — 31:

Interlaken

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stroll around Hohematte Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken online road trip planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 2:

Zermatt

— 3 nights
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 3rd (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, then tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Ascona.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 2 — 5:

Ascona

— 1 night
Ascona is a municipality in the district of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.It is located on the shore of Lake Maggiore.The town is a popular tourist destination, and holds a yearly jazz festival, the Ascona Jazz Festival.HistoryPrehistoric AsconaThe oldest archaeological finds in Ascona go back to the beginnings of Late Bronze Age. On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Piazza Grande.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ascona online route builder.

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Ascona with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Ascona

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 5 — 6:

St. Moritz

— 1 night
St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl, then get a taste of life in the country at Engadin River Ranch, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our St. Moritz road trip app.

You can drive from Ascona to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ascona in August, with highs in St. Moritz at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Appenzell

— 1 night
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 8th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Stiftsbibliothek, admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, then get outside with Seealpsee, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

Plan my day in Appenzell using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from St. Moritz to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Moritz in August: high temperatures in Appenzell hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 9:

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers and then get curious at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Lucerne takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 9 — 11:

Zurich

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 42 minutes away). Enjoy Zurich some more: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zurich road trip site.

Take a train from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.