17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to St. Gallen
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St. Gallen
— 1 day
Drive
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Zurich
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chur
Drive
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Sils im Engadin
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lugano
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andermatt
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Geneva
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich
— 1 day
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St. Gallen — 1 day

The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): Head underground at Kristallhohle Kobelwald, then admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen, and finally steep yourself in history at Abbey of Saint Gall.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the St. Gallen trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to St. Gallen is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Singapore to St. Gallen, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Singapore in December, with highs in St. Gallen at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from St. Gallen to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 14th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jesuitenkirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, view the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Luzern, then make a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern. On your second day here, stroll through Seebad Eich, then relax and rejuvenate at Navamon Wellness, then stroll through Bad Hirsgarten, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Rosengart Collection.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne journey planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Lucerne are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chur.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take a stroll through Old Town Chur, explore the world behind art at Forum Wurth Chur, and then explore the world behind art at Bundner Kunstmuseum.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Chur day trip planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Chur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sils im Engadin.
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Sils im Engadin — 3 nights

On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Schweizer Skischule Corvatsch-Pontresina, appreciate the views at Val Fex, and then take an in-depth tour of Nietzsche-Haus.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sils im Engadin trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Chur to Sils im Engadin in 2 hours. In December in Sils im Engadin, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lugano.
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Lugano — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Nicolao, then take a stroll through Cascate di Santa Petronilla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei SS. Pietro e Paolo, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through The Olive Grove Trail, then stroll through Monte San Giorgio, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lugano road trip planning tool.

Getting from Sils im Engadin to Lugano by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Sils im Engadin in December, you will find days in Lugano are somewhat warmer (10°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Andermatt.
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Andermatt

Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on Andermatt Adventure and then glide through natural beauty at Alpine Sports Andermatt.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Andermatt day trip site.

Getting from Lugano to Andermatt by car takes about 2 hours. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zermatt travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Andermatt to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. You will leave for Montreux on the 23rd (Fri).
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stroll through Villars Gryon and then awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then get a new perspective on things with Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt), and finally hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montreux holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rugenbraeu Brewery and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. It doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Tours and see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken road trip app.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 1 day

Big Small Town

On the 28th (Wed), visit Old Town, make a trip to Niederdorf, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and finally don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

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Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in December: highs in Zurich hover around 5°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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Canton of Lucerne travel guide

4.5
Bridges · Wildlife Areas · Bodies of Water
The Canton of Lucerne showcases the lakeside city of Lucerne with an impressive panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. At the heart of this historical old town, dotted with watercolor-painted houses, is the medieval Chapel Bridge, complete with gable paintings and considered one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. This holiday spot brings excellent opportunities for tours of the old squares and churches, including a 17th-century Jesuit church regarded as Switzerland's first sacral Baroque building. Your itinerary may include the Culture and Convention Centre of Lucerne, the Swiss Museum of Transport, or a cable car trip up one of the neighboring mountainsides.
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Engadin St. Moritz travel guide

4.3
Lookouts · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Known as the "festival hall of the Alps," the Engadin St. Moritz resort is nestled 1,800 m (5,906 ft) above sea level and famous for its sunny climate, outdoor sports, and panoramic landscapes. Access the resort via the Rhaetian Railway, a member of the World Heritage List, which brings visitors one-step closer to the immaculate blue skies. Beside a glittering lake and pine forests, the picturesque village features Engadin houses distinguished by their decorative facades and funnel-shaped windows. With over 350 km (217 mi) of trails, sports enthusiasts will rejoice in the limitless opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and hiking.
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