31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + Drive:  18 h 45 min
1
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Lugano
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Lucerne
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
5
Zermatt
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
6
Lausanne
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Basel
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Des Moines

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Step off the beaten path and head to Muottas Muragl and Bernina Pass. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina), Old Town Chur (in Chur) and Caumasee (in Flims). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza, take in the dramatic natural features at Morteratsch Glacier, explore the activities along Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz), and explore the stunning scenery at Viamala.

For reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Moritz road trip site .

Des Moines, USA to St. Moritz is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Des Moines to St. Moritz. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Des Moines in July, with highs in St. Moritz at 69°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pontresina, Old Town Chur, Viamala, Church of San Gian, Bernina Pass
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Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz

4
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monte San Salvatore and Parco Civico. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lugano: Bellinzona (Castelli di Bellinzona & Castelgrande) and Locarno (Verzasca Dam, Falconeria Locarno, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria degli Angioli, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza Indipendenza.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Lugano trip maker website .

You can drive from St. Moritz to Lugano in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from St. Moritz in July, expect Lugano to be a bit warmer, temps between 83°F and 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Locarno, Bellinzona, Monte Tamaro, Tempio Di Santa Croce
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Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte Bre ©
Monte Bre

4
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Aare Gorge and Bachalpsee Lake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), St. Gallen (Stiftsbibliothek & Cathedral) and Titlis Cliff Walk (in Engelberg). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip maker site .

You can drive from Lugano to Lucerne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Lugano in July; daily highs in Lucerne reach 77°F and lows reach 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Gallen, The Eiger, Titlis Cliff Walk, Lake Brienz, Bachalpsee Lake
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 29th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, then admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Lauterbrunnen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schynige Platte, St. Beatus Hoehlen
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Oeschinen Lake and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Venture out of the city with trips to Simplon Pass (in Brig) and Grande Dixence (in Heremence). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, head outdoors with Great St. Bernard Pass, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Riffelsee.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, Simplon Pass, Grande Dixence, Oeschinen Lake, Great St. Bernard Pass
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Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

5
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Explore hidden gems such as Creux du Van and Lac de Neuchatel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lausanne: Montreux (Queen Studio Experience, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, &more), Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny) and Mont Saleve (in Geneva). There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy, admire the striking features of Marche couvert de Montreux, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, and make a trip to Rolex Learning Center EPFL.

For reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lausanne online trip planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Lausanne in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Neuchatel, Les Diablerets, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Mont Saleve
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

5
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Thunersee and Tinguely-Brunnen. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Bern (Gurten & The Cathedral of Bern), Pont de la Maltiere (in Delemont) and Kreuzgassbrunnen (in Bremgarten bei Bern). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, explore the ancient world of Murus Gallicus - Der Keltenwall, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Basel online journey builder .

You can drive from Lausanne to Basel in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bern, Thun, Kreuzgassbrunnen, Fondation Beyeler, Pont de la Maltiere
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Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Thunersee ©
Thunersee

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