15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly:  17 h
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Des Moines

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Visit Chateau de Chillon and Place de la Palud for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Queen Studio Experience and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Collection de l'Art Brut (in Lausanne) and Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum). There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

To see photos and tourist information, go to the Geneva visit planner.

Des Moines, USA to Geneva is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. In July, Geneva is a bit cooler than Des Moines - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Lausanne, Gruyeres, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Queen Studio Experience, Chateau de Chillon
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Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Collection de l'Art Brut ©
Collection de l'Art Brut

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Matterhorn Ski Paradise, get great views at Gornergrat, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip app .

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Oeschinen Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maennlichen and Staubbach Waterfall. Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Wengen to see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, Oeschinen Lake
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

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St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Step out of the city life by going to Muottas Muragl and Piz Nair. Discover out-of-the-way places like Morteratsch Glacier and Caumasee. Take a break from St. Moritz with a short trip to Val Roseg in Pontresina, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Bernina Pass, appreciate the views at Engadine, explore the world behind art at Berry Museum, and examine the collection at Segantini Museum.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our St. Moritz driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to St. Moritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in St. Moritz sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass, Caumasee, Church of San Gian
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Bernina Pass ©
Bernina Pass
Morteratsch Glacier ©
Morteratsch Glacier
Val Roseg ©
Val Roseg

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Grossmunster. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Ufschotti Park & Hofkirche) and Munot (in Schaffhausen). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Mythenquai.

To see traveler tips, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, Zurich is somewhat warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Munot
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Munot ©
Munot
Old Town ©
Old Town

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