12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  20​h 30​min
1
Zermatt
— 1 night
train:  3​h
2
Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Neuchatel
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt travel route builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Zermatt is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Zermatt, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Eglise Romane de Rougemont, then ski along the peaceful trails at Glacier 3000, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, then examine the collection at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, and then admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreux route planning tool .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Neuchatel.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Eglise Romane de Rougemont, Chateau de Chillon, Glacier 3000
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Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

1
night
Neuchatel

Neuchatel ©
Neuchatel represents a compact university town in Western Switzerland.
On the 25th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Domaine de Chambleau, then delve into the lush surroundings at Creux du Van, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie Larusee.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Neuchatel planner .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Neuchatel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Neuchatel

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Domaine de Chambleau, Distillerie Larusee
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Aare Gorge and Kleine Scheidegg. Get outdoors at Maennlichen and Lac de Claus. Change things up with a short trip to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls in Lauterbrunnen (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip builder app .

You can drive from Neuchatel to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Aare Gorge, Lac de Claus
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Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 29th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt). On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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