17 days in Switzerland & Swiss Alps Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Zurich
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Wengen
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Chur
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Zurich

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
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Newark, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Newark in June; daily highs in Zurich reach 74°F and lows reach 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for Lucerne.
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You've added Kornmarkt, Museggmauer, Free Walk Lucerne, and other attractions to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Lucerne to Engelberg to see Titlis about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Luzern, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and admire the striking features of Lucerne Station.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wengen.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Side Trip

Wengen — 5 nights

Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Your day by day itinerary now includes Titlis Cliff Walk as well as Trümmelbachfälle. Change things up with these side-trips from Wengen: Riederalp (in Riederalp), St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen) and Grindelwald (First Cliff Walk by Tissot, Grindelwald-First, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and gear up at Central Sport.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Wengen itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Wengen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Wengen sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Montreux.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
Side Trips

Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You've now added Swiss Chocolate Train to your itinerary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Montreux trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Wengen to Montreux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Parks · Nature · Childrens Museums · Museums
Side Trips

Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Hinterdorfstrasse as well as Matterhorn Glacier Paradise. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take a memorable ride with Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): trek along 5 Lakes Walk, admire all the interesting features of Sunnegga, and then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for Chur.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Chur

Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Chur trip planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Chur in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of tram and train. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Zurich.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites

Zurich — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chur to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Swiss Alps travel guide

4.3
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Observation Decks
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.