20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland holiday planner

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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Bellinzona
— 2 nights
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St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Lucerne

— 3 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kloster Einsiedeln and Kathedrale St.Gallen. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kleine Scheidegg and Hofkirche. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden (in Rapperswil). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Uferpromenade Weggis, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, and pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington DC in January: highs in Lucerne hover around 39°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 3:

Bellinzona

— 2 nights
Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Indipendenza, step into the grandiose world of Chateaux de Bellinzone, then step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and finally take an in-depth tour of Castello di Montebello. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelgrande, then admire the landmark architecture of Chiesa Collegiata dei SS Pietro e Stefano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacromonte e Santuario Madonna del Sasso, and finally cool off at Lido Locarno.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bellinzona trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Bellinzona by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bellinzona can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 32°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Bellinzona

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 3 — 5:

St. Moritz

— 3 nights
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Get some historical perspective at Old Town Chur and Reformierte Kirche San Gian. Explore hidden gems such as Lenzerheide Ski Resort and Lake St. Moritz. Step out of St. Moritz with an excursion to Val Roseg in Pontresina--about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl and explore the world behind art at Sils Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read St. Moritz trip planner.

Drive from Bellinzona to St. Moritz in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Bellinzona in February, expect St. Moritz to be slightly colder, temps between 34°F and 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:

Basel

— 4 nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Cathedral of Bern and Jean Tinguely Museum. Popular historic sites such as Schloss Thun and Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche are in your itinerary. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Bern (Gurten & Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)), Chapelle de Vellerat (in Vellerat) and Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, visit Basel's Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, and delve into the distant past at Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel driving holiday planner.

Getting from St. Moritz to Basel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, Basel is a bit warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 45°F and lows of 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 12:

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Parish Church of St. Mauritius and Chateau de Tourbillon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Valere Basilica (in Sion), Riederalp (in Riederalp) and Musee du safran (in Mund). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, step into the grandiose world of Stockalper Palace, make a trip to Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zermatt trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Basel to Zermatt in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:

Geneva

— 3 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Eglise Russe and Escaliers du Marche. Visit Place de la Palud and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye & Marche couvert de Montreux) and Le Port d'Ouchy (in Lausanne). There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), see the interesting displays at MRL - Maison de Rousseau et de la Litterature, get engrossed in the history at Maison Tavel, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Emmanuel Church.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 43°F in February, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 15 — 18:

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.