46 days in Switzerland & Tirano Itinerary

46 days in Switzerland & Tirano Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zweisimmen, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Andermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Chur, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tirano, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bellinzona, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Brunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rapperswil, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niederdorf and Munot. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Hollgrotten (in Baar), Park Seleger Moor (in Rifferswil) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, walk around Parkanlage Zuerihorn, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich attractions planning website.

Wellington, New Zealand to Zurich is an approximately 36-hour combination of train, taxi, and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Wellington to Zurich, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Wellington in October, Zurich is little chillier at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 14:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 15th (Fri), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, and then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then glide through the air with Paragliding Luzern, then take an in-depth tour of Richard Wagner Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Lucerne travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, then take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, then admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Falls, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Via Ferrata, hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and then take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Interlaken tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 19th (Tue), stop by Alpiglen, trek along Lieselotte Trail, then see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Paragliding Jungfrau. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, trek along Maennlichen Royal Walk, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Monch, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip itinerary site.

Grindelwald is very close to Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Zweisimmen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Zweisimmen, Switzerland

— 1 night
Zweisimmen is a municipality in the Obersimmental-Saanen administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.HistoryZweisimmen is first mentioned in 1228 as Duessimenes. On the 21st (Thu), look for gifts at Molkerei Zweisimmen, then explore and take pictures at Jaun Pass, and then fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Zweisimmen online tour planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zweisimmen by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Zweisimmen are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Montreux.

Things to do in Zweisimmen

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Montreux, Switzerland

— 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 22nd (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Lavaux Vineyard Terraces and then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner.

Drive from Zweisimmen to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
Highlights from your trip

Geneva, Switzerland

— 5 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chapel of the Maccabees and Vieux-Carouge. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Musee Barbier-Mueller, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Geneva online journey builder.

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 27:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 28th (Thu), explore the activities along Stellisee, then make a trip to Riffelsee, then stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse. On the 29th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat and then snap pictures at Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt trip planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Andermatt.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:

Andermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Andermatt is a mountain village and municipality in the canton of Uri in Switzerland. On the 30th (Sat), play a few rounds at Golfplatz Andermatt, then take in the history at Teufelsbrucke, and then examine the collection at Talmuseum Ursern. On the next day, tour in style with Gelmerbahn Talstation, then take in the views from Handeckfall Bridge, then explore the activities along Gelmersee, and finally cruise along Furka Pass.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Andermatt tour planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Andermatt in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Chur.

Things to do in Andermatt

Outdoors · Golf · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — 31:

Chur, Switzerland

— 4 nights
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Caumasee and Old Town Chur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chur: Schloss Werdenberg (in Werdenberg), Tamina Bridge (in Pfaefers Dorf) and Werdenbergersee (in Buchs St. Gallen). And it doesn't end there: enjoy some diversion at AdventureRooms Chur, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Maria Himmelfahrt Cathedral, take in the exciting artwork at Bad RagARTz, and take in the views from Landwasser Viaduct.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Andermatt to Chur takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Chur

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 5:

St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 2 nights
St.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Muottas Muragl, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Katholische Kirche St. Karl Borromaus. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Maloja Pass, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Silvaplana, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chesa Futura.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read St. Moritz online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chur to St. Moritz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or ride a tram. In November, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tirano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:

Tirano, Italy

— 2 nights
Tirano is a town in Valtellina, located in the province of Sondrio in northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): admire the striking features of Palazzo Salis e Museo Senza Frontiere and then do a tasting at Plozza Vini Tirano. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Riserva Naturale Boschi del Giovetto di Palline, head outdoors with Valle di Scalve, stroll the grounds of Parrocchia di S. Giacomo e S. Vincenzo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di San Martino, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario della Beata Vergine di Tirano, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museo Etnografico Tiranese.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tirano journey planner.

Getting from St. Moritz to Tirano by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Tirano

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 9:

Lugano, Switzerland

— 3 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 10th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa San Rocco Lugano, then explore and take pictures at Monte San Salvatore, then stroll around Parco delle Gole della Breggia, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ferrovia Monte Generoso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Lido di Lugano, then trek along The Olive Grove Trail, and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro storico Gandria.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lugano trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tirano to Lugano takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tirano in November; daily highs in Lugano reach 14°C and lows reach 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 12:

Bellinzona, Switzerland

— 1 night
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande and then get outside with San Bernardino Pass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Falconeria Locarno, make a splash at Lido Locarno, then admire the striking features of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bellinzona trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Bellinzona takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 14°C in November, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Brunnen.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 13:

Brunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Brunnen is a resort on Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, part of the municipality Ingenbohl (Canton of Schwyz), at.Brunnen railway station, on the Gotthard railway, is served by hourly InterRegio trains, and by lines S2 of the Stadtbahn Zug, which operates hourly between Zug, Arth-Goldau and Erstfeld, and S3 of the S-Bahn Luzern, which operates hourly to Lucerne.Brunnen also has a cablecar that goes to the Urmiberg, a part of the Rigi offering wonderful views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.HistoryWinston Churchill spent his honeymoon in Brunnen. On the 14th (Sun), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, look for all kinds of wild species at Sattel Hochstuckli, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa Parrochiale di San Martino, and finally go for a walk through Fronalpstock. On the next day, make a trip to Auslandschweizerplatz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bundeskapelle Brunnen, and then trek along The Swiss Path.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Brunnen trip app.

Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Brunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Bellinzona in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Brunnen: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Brunnen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 13 — 15:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, take a leisurely stroll along Nadelwehr, then fly like a bird with SkyGlide Paragliding Lake Lucerne, and finally admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kornmarkt, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with Passenger Diaries.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel planning website.

Traveling by car from Brunnen to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rapperswil.

Things to do in Lucerne

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:

Rapperswil, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Rapperswil is a former municipality and since January 2007 part of the municipality of Rapperswil-Jona in the Wahlkreis (constituency) of See-Gaster in the canton of St. On the 18th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at Liebfrauenkapelle, take in the dramatic scenery at Seerenbach Falls Seerenbachfälle, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Landesplattenberg Engi. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. John, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Rapperswil, contemplate the long history of Capuchin Friary, then examine the collection at The Polish Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Elsener Messerschmied AG, and finally meet the residents at Knies Kinderzoo Rapperswil.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rapperswil day trip planning site.

You can drive from Lucerne to Rapperswil in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Gallen.

Things to do in Rapperswil

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 17 — 19:

St. Gallen, Switzerland

— 1 night
The heart of eastern Switzerland, St.
On the 20th (Sat), head outdoors with Kristallhohle Kobelwald, head outdoors with Drei Weieren, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kathedrale St.Gallen, then get to know the fascinating history of Bleicheli Stadtlounge, and finally don't miss a visit to Roter Platz.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Gallen online road trip planner.

Drive from Rapperswil to St. Gallen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in St. Gallen are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Gallen

Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 20:

Switzerland travel guide

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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.