18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Montreux
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Foroglio
— 1 night
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Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 3 nights
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Montreux — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov, then learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, get a new perspective on things with Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt), and then indulge your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Montreux online itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Montreux is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, then trek along Marmot Trail, then get a new perspective on things with Fly Fish Zermatt, and finally trek along 5 Lakes Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): get great views at Gornergrat, then hike along Alpine Trails, then learn about winemaking at Chanton Weine, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Foroglio.
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Foroglio — 1 night

On the 4th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at La Chiesa Di San Giovanni Battista, then take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall of Foroglio, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wasserfall Von Foroglio.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Foroglio road trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Foroglio. In October, daily temperatures in Foroglio can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Walk of fame - Schilthorn, hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, trek along North face Trail, then relax and rejuvenate at Alpines Sportzentrum Murren, and finally trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli. Keep things going the next day: take a memorable tour with Air-Glaciers, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, then examine the collection at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen, and finally Head underground at Saint Beatus Caves.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lauterbrunnen road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Foroglio to Lauterbrunnen with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

Visiting Maennlichen and Maennlichen Romantic Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen and Maennlichen Royal Walk. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Axalp (in Brienz) and Wengen (Molitor & Lauberhorn Crazygolf). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, take a stroll through Alpiglen, hike along Wanderung Bussalp - Bort, and hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip planner.

Grindelwald is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours Switzerland and Uferpromenade Weggis. Change things up with a short trip to Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden in Rapperswil (about 1h 5 min away). There's still lots to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne road trip website.

Getting from Grindelwald to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): take in the waterfront at Rheinfallquai, then step into the grandiose world of Schloessli Woerth, then find something for the whole family at Smilestones, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Gemeindehaus Rafz, stroll through Biberweg, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Naturzentrum Thurauen.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Neuhausen am Rheinfall holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Neuhausen am Rheinfall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In October in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Basel.
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Basel — 3 nights

Get in touch with nature at Taubenlochschlucht and Einsiedelei St. Verena. Explore hidden gems such as Basel's Old Town and Planetenweg. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Tinguely, make a trip to Town Hall, steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, and take some stellar pictures from Pfalz.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Basel trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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