21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 1 day
train:  1​h
2
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Montreux
— 1 night
4
Bern
— 2 nights
5
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
6
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ascona
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
St. Moritz
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Appenzell
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
10
Lucerne
— 2 nights
11
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Hong Kong

1
day
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the striking features 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, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Hong Kong, China to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Hong Kong to Zurich is minus 7 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Hong Kong in July: highs in Zurich hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Spalentor (City Gate). Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basel Munster, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel, then don't miss a visit to Rathaus, and finally contemplate the long history of Basel Badischer Bahnhof.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Basel trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; 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
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Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum
Basel Munster ©
Basel Munster
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
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): take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreux road trip planning tool .

Getting from Basel to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

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Bern

Bern ©
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, admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally pause for some photo ops at Barenpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, make a trip to Federal Building (Bundeshaus), appreciate the history behind Simsonbrunnen, then admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. 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
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

2
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Interlaken

Interlaken ©
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), head outdoors with Harderkulm, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hohematte Park, and finally head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in panoramic vistas at Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Bern to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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): take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the next day, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then get great views at Gornergrat.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Zermatt tour itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. 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
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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Ascona

Ascona ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): make a trip to Piazza Grande.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Ascona road trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Ascona with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Ascona

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bellinzona, Locarno
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Lido Locarno ©
Lido Locarno
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Castelli di Bellinzona ©
Castelli di Bellinzona

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night
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): get great views at Muottas Muragl, explore and take pictures at Engadin River Ranch, then explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, and finally take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St. Moritz online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ascona to St. Moritz. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Ascona in August, with highs in St. Moritz at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Engadin River Ranch
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Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

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Appenzell

Appenzell ©
On the 8th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Abbey Library, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Convent of St. Gall, then get outside with Seealpsee, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from St. Moritz to Appenzell. Traveling from St. Moritz in August, expect Appenzell to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Seealpsee
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Seealpsee ©
Seealpsee
Abbey Library ©
Abbey Library

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get great views at The Nine Towers, examine the collection at Swiss Museum of Transport, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then stroll through Ufschotti Park, and finally get your bearings at KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Appenzell to Lucerne with the Route module. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. On the 11th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Nightlife
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 36 minutes away. Explore Zurich further: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take an in-depth tour of Swiss National Museum, and stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery).

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; 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 Parks Nature

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Swiss National Museum ©
Swiss National Museum
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

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