HOW TO SPEND TWO WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND
As a Switzerland addict, I can assure you that 2 weeks in Switzerland is an excellent amount of time to explore some of Switzerland´s most popular landmarks. Whether you’re into picturesque mountains, crystal-clear lakes, charming towns, or mouth-watering chocolate, Switzerland has it all.
And this 2-week in Switzerland itinerary will show you where and what to see, and you will receive many valuable travel tips for your 2-week trip to Switzerland.
And fear not, even the most fervent Switzerland enthusiasts never tire of the country’s beauty and charm – I can assure you this after having traveled through Switzerland for almost 18 months in total.
From the iconic Matterhorn to the medieval Old Town of Lucerne, from the tranquil shores of Lake Geneva to the vibrant city of Zurich, there is always something new to discover and enjoy.
Let’s embark on this adventure together and make the most of your two weeks in Switzerland!
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PLAN YOUR 2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND ITINERARY
So, first things first, before dreaming about all those amazing places to visit in 2 weeks, here are some travel tips to make your trip better!
2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND – HOW TO GET AROUND
Switzerland offers several excellent (I mean seriously excellent) transportation options for getting around, depending on your preference and itinerary.
ROAD TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND
Renting a car for a Switzerland road trip is a great choice, especially if you want to explore the country’s scenic routes and countryside. Switzerland has a well-maintained network of highways and smaller roads, and driving in Switzerland is relatively easy and safe.
However, keep in mind that some of the mountain passes and narrow roads may require extra caution and experience. Also, note that parking in cities can be expensive, and some areas have restricted traffic zones. I have a very detailed post on a road trip in Switzerland with all my insider tips.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FOR A 2-WEEK SWITZERLAND TRIP
Alternatively, Switzerland has a comprehensive public transportation system that includes trains, buses, trams, and boats.
If you’re interested in trail travel, Switzerland boasts an extensive network of hiking paths that are well-marked and maintained. From gentle walks through lush valleys to challenging ascents up rugged peaks, there’s a trail for everyone.
You can combine hiking with public transportation by taking the train or bus to a starting point and returning from a different location.
SWISS TRAVEL PASS FOR 15 DAYS
The Swiss Travel Pass is a popular option that offers unlimited access to most of these modes of transport, as well as discounts on mountain railways and cable cars. The trains are particularly efficient and punctual, and you can enjoy panoramic views from many of the routes.
For this itinerary, especially if you travel solo or in a group of two only, a 15-day pass for the Swiss Travel Pass would probably be the best choice for your 2-week Switzerland trip!
Whatever your choice, getting around Switzerland is relatively straightforward and enjoyable, and you’re sure to have a fantastic time exploring this beautiful country.
2-WEEK ITINERARY FOR SWITZERLAND – OUTLINE
For this itinerary, I have the following suggestions which I will go more into detail further below.
ITINERARY SUGGESTION 1
This is the ideal itinerary for Switzerland in 2 weeks if you want to experience many amazing areas in Switzerland – from the north to the west, to Central Switzerland, to Southern Switzerland, and even western Switzerland. It is a whirlwind of an itinerary but worth every of the travel time.
- DAY 1-2 – ZURICH & 1 DAY TRIP
- DAY 3-4 – LUCERNE & 1 DAY TRIP
- DAY 5- 8 INTERLAKEN & DAY TRIPS
- DAY 9- 10 MONTREUX
- DAY 10 – 11 ZERMATT
- DAY 12 GLACIER EXPRESS
- DAY 13-14 ST.MORITZ
ITINERARY SUGGESTION 2
This 2-week itinerary for Switzerland is rather suited for those, who do not wish to travel that much, which also means changing hotels less often. This itinerary for 2 weeks is also stunning but means you will see not the western part of Switzerland as much as you would in the first itinerary.
- DAY 1-2 – ZURICH & DAY TRIP
- DAY 3-5 – LUCERNE & DAY TRIPS
- DAY 6- 11 INTERLAKEN & DAY TRIPS
- DAY 13- 14 ZERMATT & DAY TRIPS
2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND ITINERARY
So, let´s start with places to visit in Switzerland in 2 weeks.
DAY 1 – ZURICH
Welcome to Switzerland and welcome to its biggest city, Zurich (or Zürich in German).
After getting from Zurich airport (most likely your arrival point) to your hotel in the city center of Zurich (ideally), you can start discovering what this beautiful city has to offer.
Day 1 is perfect for exploring the city center and getting a taste of Switzerland’s vibrant culture and history.
Start your day by strolling through the charming Old Town, where you can admire the stunning architecture, quaint alleys, and historic landmarks such as the Fraumünster Church and the Grossmünster Church.
Next, head to Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich’s famous shopping avenue, to indulge in some retail therapy and enjoy the high-end fashion boutiques and luxury stores.
You can also add a museum – especially the Lindt Museum – or another museum to your itinerary. If you plan to buy a Swiss Travel Pass you will be pleased to hear that several museums are included in the Swiss Travel Pass and you have free entrance – e.g. The FIFA Museum and the Swiss National Museum (Landesmuseum Zürich).
Especially on a warmer day, I would make sure to spend your evening at the shores of Lake Zurich and end your day with a drink at the lake.
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- 2-DAY ZURICH ITINERARY
- BEST DAY TRIPS FROM ZURICH
DAY 2 – APPENZELL OR RHINE FALLS
You can choose between two exciting day trips. The first option is to visit the picturesque town of Stein am Rhein and the stunning Rhine Falls.
Alternatively, you can take a day trip to the charming town of Appenzell and hike to the Aescher Cliff restaurant.
STEIN AM RHEIN & RHINE FALLS
A day trip to Stein am Rhein and the Rhine Falls is a perfect way to explore the natural beauty and experience the rich history of the region. Stein am Rhein is a medieval town located on the banks of the Rhine River, known for its well-preserved architecture and intricate frescoes.
You can explore the town’s cobblestone streets, picturesque squares, and charming shops, admiring the intricate details of medieval buildings and churches. The town is also home to several museums, such as the Hohenklingen Castle Museum, which offers an insight into the history of the region.
After exploring Stein am Rhein, you can head to the Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe, located just a few miles away. You can take a boat ride to the base of the falls or walk across the iconic Laufen Castle Bridge, offering stunning views of the cascading water and the surrounding landscapes.
A day trip to Stein am Rhein and the Rhine Falls is a great way to experience the natural beauty and rich history of Switzerland and create unforgettable memories.
A day trip from Zurich to the Appenzell town center and Ebenalp Mountain is a great way to experience the charming Swiss countryside and enjoy the stunning Alpine views. Appenzell is a traditional Swiss town known for its well-preserved architecture.
Explore the town’s colorful streets and shops, admire the traditional Swiss architecture, and learn about the local history and culture. The town is also home to several museums, such as the Appenzell Museum, offering an insight into the region’s cultural traditions and heritage.
After exploring the town center, take the train to Wasserauen, and from there, the cable car (or do a scenic hike) to the Aescher Restaurant and Ebenalp Mountain, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding Alps and valleys.
Once you arrive at the Aescher Restaurant, you can enjoy the local cuisine and drinks, while admiring the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
The Ebenalp Mountain is also home to several hiking trails and outdoor activities, such as mountain biking and paragliding, making it a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts.
WHERE TO STAY IN ZURICH
BUDGET: Oldtown Hostel Otter – Oldtown Hostel Otter in Zurich’s Old Town offers a stylish atmosphere for the young and young at heart. Located just 300 meters from both the Zurich-Stadelhofen train station and the lake, it’s an ideal spot to enjoy the city’s vibrant energy.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN ZURICH
DAY 3 AND 4 IN LUCERNE
Early on Day 3, it’s time to leave Zurich and head to Lucerne, a picturesque city located in the heart of Switzerland. After storing your luggage at your hotel in Lucerne, you can spend the day exploring the city center.
The train ride is quite short, and yet scenic (less than one hour), but the drive is also quick and scenic.
LUCERNE & MOUNT RIGI
I recommend a Lucerne walking tour to get some important information about the beautiful sights and attractions, like the iconic Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and the vibrant old town.
After exploring the city center, you can take a boat tour on Lake Lucerne, one of the most scenic lakes in Switzerland, offering stunning views of the surrounding Alps and landscapes.
You will be surprised by the crystal clear water of the lake! When you do the boat tour (free with the Swiss Travel Pass) get to Vitznau boat station and get up Mount Rigi, a stunning mountain located just a short train ride away from Lucerne.
You can take a cogwheel train/funicular to the top of the mountain. You can also go for a hike, enjoy a meal at one of the mountain restaurants, spend some time at the spa areas at the top, or simply relax and watch the sunset over the Alps.
Overall, a day in Lucerne and a trip to Mount Rigi is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Switzerland and create unforgettable memories. Enjoy your time in Lucerne!
For the next day, I have 2 different mountain excursions to suggest to you.
A day trip to Mount Titlis from Lucerne is a great way to experience the stunning beauty of the Swiss Alps and enjoy some of the best outdoor activities Switzerland has to offer.
To get to Mount Titlis, you can take a scenic train ride from Lucerne to Engelberg, a charming Alpine village located at the base of the mountain. From there, you can take a cable car up to the summit of Mount Titlis, which is 10,000 feet (about 3,000 meters) above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.
At the top of Mount Titlis, enjoy several outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, depending on the season. You can also hop on the famous Ice Flyer chairlift, which takes you over the glacier and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
The highlight of the Mount Titlis trip is the famous Cliff Walk, a suspension bridge that takes you over a 500-foot drop and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Visit the Glacier Cave, a fascinating ice cave located inside the glacier, offering a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural beauty of Switzerland.
Another day trip from Lucerne you can add to your 2-week Switzerland itinerary is a trip to Mount Rigi.
A day trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne is a great way to experience and enjoy some outdoor activities such as hiking, paragliding, and tobogganing, depending on the season.
You can also visit the famous Dragon’s Path, a suspension bridge that takes you over a deep Alpine gorge and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscapes.
The highlight of the Mount Pilatus trip is the famous Golden Round Trip, a scenic route that takes you up the mountain by cogwheel railway, down by cable car, and back to Lucerne by boat. This route offers a unique and unforgettable experience of the natural beauty of Switzerland and the Swiss Alps.
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- ONE DAY IN LUCERNE
- BEST PLACES TO STAY IN LUCERNE
- TOP DAY TRIPS FROM LUCERNE
WHERE TO STAY IN LUCERNE
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN LUCERNE
DAY 5 – 8 INTERLAKEN REGION
Welcome to Interlaken! On Day 4 in the afternoon, get to fabulous Interlaken via the Luzern-Interlaken Express, one of Switzerland’s most scenic train rides, or take a road drive through the stunning Alpine landscapes.
After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a dinner in Interlaken (or a picnic at the Höhenmatte Park) and prepare for some fabulous days in one of the most stunning regions in the world!
DAY TRIPS – INTERLAKEN
I will give you several suggestions on how to spend your days in the region of Interlaken. It is more than suggestions for 4 days, so you can pick and choose.
OESCHINENSEE & BLAUSEE
A great way to experience the natural beauty of the region is to visit Oeschinensee and Blausee, both stunning alpine lakes located in the Kandersteg area.
Start your day by taking a scenic train ride or driving to Kandersteg, where you can take a cable car up to Lake Oeschinensee. The cable car ride offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and the lake itself is a natural wonder, with crystal-clear waters and a stunning Alpine backdrop. From there, you can embark on a scenic hike around the lake and enjoy panoramic views and fresh mountain air.
If you prefer not to hike, you can still visit Oeschinensee – get there by cable car and do a shorter hike downhill to the lake. You can take a leisurely stroll around the lake, and admire the stunning scenery.
Lake Blausee is a smaller lake but equally stunning, known for its vivid blue color and peaceful atmosphere. Take a walk around the lake, visit the trout farm, or enjoy a cup of coffee at the lakeside restaurant.
A visit to Oeschinensee and Blausee is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of the Swiss Alps and create unforgettable memories, whether you choose to hike or not.
HARDER KULM & PARAGLIDING
If you’re up for some adventure, you can start your day in Interlaken with paragliding, followed by a visit to Harder Kulm Mountain, accessible by funicular or hiking.
Paragliding is a thrilling activity that offers panoramic views of the Swiss Alps and the beautiful landscapes below. There are several paragliding companies in Interlaken offering guided tours, catering to all levels of experience.
After your paragliding adventure, take the funicular up to Harder Kulm Mountain, a peak that offers breathtaking views of the Jungfrau region and the surrounding mountains. The funicular ride is itself an attraction, offering stunning views of the valley and the mountains.
Alternatively, hike up to Harder Kulm Mountain, enjoying the fresh mountain air and stunning scenery along the way. The hike is relatively easy (about 2 hours one way) and there are many spots along the way where you can stop for a picnic or take photos.
At the summit, enjoy the stunning views, visit the restaurant and souvenir shop, or go on a scenic hike along the panoramic trail. There are also many other outdoor activities in the area, such as mountain biking, or paragliding.
A must-visit attraction for many Switzerland visitors is the Jungfraujoch, also known as the “Top of Europe.” The Jungfraujoch is accessible by a scenic train/funicular and cable car ride from Interlaken, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
The train ride to the Jungfraujoch is itself an attraction, passing through picturesque mountain villages and offering panoramic views of the Alps. The train also passes through Eiger Mountain, known for its challenging climbing routes and stunning North Face.
At the Jungfraujoch, visit the Ice Palace, a unique attraction that features ice sculptures, ice tunnels, and frozen waterfalls. You can also walk on the glacier, enjoy the best views from the Sphinx Observatory, or visit the Alpine Sensation, a multimedia experience that showcases the history and beauty of the Swiss Alps.
There are also many other activities to do at the Jungfraujoch, such as snowboarding, skiing, or hiking. The hiking trails are well-marked and offer stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
A visit to the Jungfraujoch is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty and adventure of the Swiss Alps and create unforgettable memories.
GRINDELWALD & GRINDELWALD FIRST
If you love the Swiss Alps (I mean, what is not to love about them), a great day trip option is to visit the charming Alpine town of Grindelwald and the nearby peak of First, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Start your day by taking a scenic train ride or drive to Grindelwald, a picturesque town located at the foot of the famous Eiger North Face.
From Grindelwald, take a cable car up to First, a peak that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The cable car ride is itself an attraction, offering stunning views of the valley and the mountains.
At the summit, you can enjoy the stunning views, visit the restaurant and souvenir shop, or go on a scenic hike along the panoramic trail and see the gorgeous Lake Bachalpsee. You can also try some adrenaline activities such as the First Flyer, a zip line that offers a thrilling ride over the valley.
After your visit to First, return to Grindelwald and spend the rest of the day exploring the town, visiting the attractions, or indulging in some traditional Swiss cuisine at one of the restaurants.
LAUTERBRUNNEN & MUERREN & SCHILTHORN
A fantastic day trip option from Interlaken is to visit the picturesque towns of Lauterbrunnen and Mürren and, if you’re feeling very active, also Schilthorn.
Start your day by taking a scenic train ride or drive to Lauterbrunnen, a charming town known for its 72 waterfalls and stunning Alpine scenery. You can take a stroll along the main street and visit the Staubbach Falls, a 297-meter waterfall located right in the center of the town.
From Lauterbrunnen, take a cable car/train up to Mürren (or Muerren/Murren), a car-free village that offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Mürren is an excellent destination for hiking and mountain biking, with many trails that cater to all levels of experience.
If you’re feeling very active, you can also take the cable car up to Schilthorn, a peak that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. At the summit, you can visit the revolving restaurant, Piz Gloria, which was featured in the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
After your visit to Mürren and Schilthorn, return to Lauterbrunnen and spend the rest of the day exploring the town, visiting the attractions, or enjoying some local cuisine at one of the restaurants.
LAKE THUN & THUN
A day trip to Lake Thun and Thun from Interlaken is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Switzerland – especially if you like to take it more slowly and want to explore the cultural sights of the country.
To get to Lake Thun and Thun, you can take a scenic train or boat ride from Interlaken, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Once you arrive in Thun, you can explore the charming old town with its colorful streets, picturesque squares, and historic buildings, such as the Thun Castle and the Town Hall.
After exploring the town, take a boat ride on Lake Thun, one of the most scenic lakes in Switzerland, offering stunning views of the surrounding Alps and landscapes. The boat tour takes you to several iconic destinations, such as the Schadau Castle, the St. Beatus Caves, and the Giessbach Waterfall, offering plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the scenery.
You can also enjoy several outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, and swimming, depending on the season. The lake and the surrounding mountains offer plenty of opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Switzerland and create unforgettable memories.
A day trip to Lake Thun and Thun from Interlaken is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of Switzerland and create unforgettable memories.
LAKE BRIENZ & BRIENZ & BRIENZER ROTHORN
A day trip to Lake Brienz and Brienz and Brienz Rothorn from Interlaken is a great way to experience the natural beauty and outdoor activities of Switzerland.
To get to Lake Brienz and Brienz, take a scenic train or boat ride from Interlaken, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
Once you arrive in Brienz, you can explore the charming town with its traditional Swiss architecture, artisanal shops, and the Ballenberg Open-Air Museum.
You can also enjoy swimming, kayaking, and other water activities on the lake.
If you are like me and looooove mountain views, then take a cogwheel railway up to the Brienz Rothorn, a stunning mountain located at 2,350 meters above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
WHERE TO STAY IN INTERLAKEN
LUXURY: Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa – The most luxurious hotel in Interlaken is the Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. I have not stayed there myself, so I can only repeat what I heard: This hotel is amazing. If you are looking for a fancy place in Interlaken, this is probably the best pick.
MID-RANGE: Hotel du Nord – For your stay in Interlaken, I recommend this hotel – Hotel du Nord – which is centrally located and is quite nice. It is one of my favorite accommodations for your 5-day Swiss itinerary.
BUDGET: Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof – If you are on a budget, I recommend staying in Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof next to the Höhenmatte. It is not the cheapest hostel but definitely worth the money and one of my all-time favorite hostels.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN INTERLAKEN
DAY 8 AND 9 MONTREUX
In the afternoon of day 8, head to Montreux from Interlaken via Golden Pass Line or scenic drive and spend your evening in beautiful Montreux with a dinner at the promenade.
On Day 9 in Montreux, a great way to experience the beauty and history of the Lake Geneva region.
Start your day by taking a leisurely walk along the shores of Lake Geneva. This is more like Switzerland´s most beautiful open-air museum and walking along the shores is a treat for the eyes.
The walk to Château de Chillon is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your pace, and it offers plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the scenery.
Château de Chillon is one of the most visited attractions in Switzerland, with its medieval architecture, stunning views of the lake, and famous literary connections, such as Lord Byron’s poem “The Prisoner of Chillon” (free with a Swiss Travel Pass)
After you visit the castle, take a boat back to Montreux. The boat ride is a relaxing way to see the region from a different perspective and offers a unique and memorable experience.
Once you’re back in Montreux, spend the rest of the day exploring the town, visit the attractions, or enjoy some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants. Here are some ideas for your afternoon in Montreux!
Taking the train up to Rochers de Naye is one of the best ways to experience the stunning views of the Lake Geneva region from Montreux. The train ride takes you to the summit of Rochers de Naye, a peak that offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and the Lake Geneva region.
At the summit, enjoy the stunning views, visit the restaurant and souvenir shop, or go on a scenic hike along the panoramic trail. You can also visit the Marmot’s Paradise, a natural park that features Alpine wildlife, such as marmots and ibexes.
The Charlie Chaplin Museum, located in nearby Vevey, is a must-visit attraction for film and history enthusiasts. The museum showcases the life and works of Charlie Chaplin, the famous British actor, comedian, and filmmaker, who lived in Switzerland for many years.
Another great option is to go on a Freddie Mercury walking tour, exploring the town and the surrounding areas that were significant to the late singer’s life and legacy.
Freddie Mercury lived in Montreux for many years and recorded some of his most iconic songs at the Mountain Studios, located in the town.
If you’re looking for a wonderful way to spend an afternoon at Lake Geneva, consider exploring the stunning Lavaux area. This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts an impressive 800 hectares of terraced vineyards, making it Switzerland’s largest contiguous vineyard region.
From one terrace to the next, take in breathtaking views that are truly magnificent.
WHERE TO STAY IN MONTREUX
LUXURY – Fairmont Le Montreux Palace: For one of the most luxurious experiences in Montreux, check out Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. This 5-star hotel has a great location and is best known amongst those who like to indulge. From romantic hotels to design hotels, here are the most luxurious places.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN MONTREUX
DAY 10 AND 11 ZERMATT
After enjoying breakfast in Montreux on Day 10, it’s time to embark on your journey to one of the most beautiful small towns in Switzerland – Zermatt, a charming Alpine town known for its stunning views of the Matterhorn and its world-renowned skiing and outdoor activities.
The drive from Montreux to Zermatt takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on your route and stops along the way. You can choose to take the scenic mountain route or the highway route, both offering stunning views of the Swiss Alps and the surrounding landscapes.
Upon arrival in Zermatt, enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants, offering local and international cuisine. Spend the rest of the day exploring the town, visit the shops and boutiques, or enjoy some outdoor activities, such as hiking or skiing, depending on the season.
After a short stroll through Zermatt and a quick visit to the Matterhorn Museum (free with a Swiss Travel Pass), it’s time to experience one of the most beautiful panoramas of the Swiss Alps: get up Gornergrat Mountain.
The Gornergrat is accessible by a scenic train ride from Zermatt, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa Massif, and the Gorner Glacier.
The train ride to Gornergrat is an attraction itself, offering panoramic views of the Matterhorn and the surrounding peaks. The train also passes through tunnels and over bridges, adding to the excitement and the adventure of the journey.
Once you arrive at Gornergrat, you can enjoy the stunning views, visit the observatory, or go on a scenic hike along the panoramic trail. The Gornergrat trail is well-marked and offers stunning views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.
WHERE TO STAY IN ZERMATT
LUXURY: Hotel Mont Cervin Palace – Hotel Mont Cervin Palace defines luxury. If you are looking for a 5-star hotel in Zermatt, this might be perfect for you because it has everything you could be asking for of luxury accommodation.
MID-RANGE: Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartments – Hotel Matterhorn Lodge Hotel & Appartments, which opened in December 2012, is located in the heart of Zermatt’s historic center. Decorated in a classic Alpine style, it boasts a wellness area with three different saunas. The hotel is conveniently situated just a two-minute walk from a ski bus stop.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES TO BOOK IN ZERMATT
DAY 12 – GLACIER EXPRESS
On Day 12, it’s time to experience one of the most scenic train rides in the world, the Glacier Express, which takes you from Zermatt to St. Moritz in a full day of breathtaking views.
The Glacier Express is a panoramic train that passes through the heart of the Swiss Alps, offering stunning views of snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, and picturesque valleys. The train ride takes approximately 8 hours, and it includes a gourmet lunch and beverages, making the journey even more enjoyable.
The Glacier Express passes through many iconic destinations, such as the Rhone Valley, the Aletsch Glacier, and the Oberalp Pass, offering plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the scenery. The train also passes through many small Alpine villages, where you can see traditional Swiss architecture and way of life.
Upon arrival in St. Moritz, you can spend the evening exploring the town.
DAY 13 AND 14 ST.MORITZ
I highly recommend staying in gorgeous St.Moritz and the Engadine Valley for at least two days. This area is so underrated – despite being one of the most stunning areas in the world!
TIP: Enjoy your holiday with the “Mountain Railways Included” offer. Nowhere else can you get up so high at such an affordable price: Guests who stay for more than one night at one of the over 100 participating hotels receive a mountain railway ticket for up to 13 mountain railways for passenger transport in Engadin St. Moritz included. My hotel recommendations below are all participating in the program which is available from mid-May to early October.
A day trip to Piz Corvatsch from St. Moritz is a great way to experience the natural beauty and outdoor activities of Switzerland. Piz Corvatsch is the highest mountain in the Bernina Range, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers.
To get to Piz Corvatsch, take a scenic cable car ride from Surlej near St.Moritz. Once you arrive at the top of the mountain, enjoy several outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, and hiking, depending on the season.
The views from there are some of the best – glaciers on the one side, the lakes of St.Moritz on the other side. And then you can do some hikes and see more glaciers and even hike down to Roseg Valley – read more on how to spend one day in St.Moritz here.
On the second day in St.Moritz, take the Bernina Express, a scenic train ride that takes you from St. Moritz to Tirano, Italy, passing through the Swiss Alps and the Bernina Pass.
The train ride offers breathtaking views of the glaciers, snow-capped mountains, and Alpine villages. If you are short on time, just do the part of St.Moritz to Alp Grüm which is already pretty amazing.
Stop at Diavolezza, and take the cable car up to Diavolezza, a mountain that offers stunning views of the Bernina Range and the Morteratsch Glacier. From Diavolezza, go on a scenic hike or enjoy a drink at the famous Diavolezza Bar, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.
Then continue your journey to stunning Alp Grüm, passing beautiful Lago di Blanco.
Ahhh, though you might not be able to do the whole Bernina Express train ride, this is one of the most scenic train rides in Switzerland that will you speechless.
After returning from the train ride, spend the rest of the day exploring St. Moritz, visit the shops and boutiques, or chill at one of the numerous lakes in St.Moritz.
TIP: Just take the local trains instead of the official Bernina Express – the route is the same, though there are a few more stops. BUT there is no compulsory reservation fee like in the Bernina Express and once you get out, you lose your reservation. Especially given that reservation fees are quite high (up to 30 CHF for one way), I recommend taking the local trains instead. Check out my tips for the Bernina Express.
WHERE TO STAY IN ST.MORITZ
LUXURY – Battrud´s Palace – This luxury hotel, Battrud´s Palace, has everything you are looking for when booking a 5-star hotel in St. Moritz. From an extensive spa area to a lounge and bar area, luxurious hotel rooms and suites, and more.
BUDGET – The St. Moritz Youth Hostel – This hostel, St. Moritz Youth Hostel, is situated at the edge of the forest in the lower part of St. Moritz. During the day, there is a bus that gets you to the St. Moritz train station. The rooms all have shared bathrooms, and breakfast is always included – you cannot find a better deal in all of St. Moritz. Check out rates here.
ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY FOR 2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND
As mentioned at the beginning, here is the second itinerary. It is not completely different but you will not visit St.Moritz and do the Glacier Express Ride, nor the beautiful Montreux and Lake Geneva region.
With these 5 spare days, you can now spend 2-3 extra days in Interlaken (with these many day trips from Interlaken), spend a day longer in Zermatt, and do a day trip from Lucerne to the beautiful city of Bern and or Basel.
ITINERARY SUGGESTION 2
This 2-week itinerary for Switzerland is rather suited for those, who do not wish to travel that much, which also means changing hotels less often. This itinerary for 2 weeks is also stunning but means you will see not the western part of Switzerland as much as you would in the first itinerary, but discover more of northern, and central Switzerland – also some gorgeous areas.
- DAY 1-2 – ZURICH & DAY TRIP
- DAY 3-6 – LUCERNE & DAY TRIPS
- DAY 7- 11 INTERLAKEN & DAY TRIPS
- DAY 13- 14 ZERMATT & DAY TRIPS
1 DAY – BERN
While Bern is a beautiful city that deserves more than a day trip, it is still possible to see some of the city’s main attractions in one day if you are short on time.
To get to Bern from Lucerne, you can take a direct train that takes about an hour. Once you arrive in Bern, head to the city center, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and start your walking tour.
Begin at the iconic Zytglogge clock tower, which dates back to the 13th century and is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Bern. From there, walk to the nearby Bern Cathedral, a stunning Gothic church that offers stunning views of the city from its tower.
Continue your tour to the famous Bear Park, a unique park that is home to several brown bears, which are a symbol of Bern. The park offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding landscapes.
Next, head to the Kramgasse, one of the most picturesque streets in Bern, lined with historic buildings and charming cafes. You can also visit the Einstein House, where the famous physicist Albert Einstein lived during his time in Bern.
Finally, end your tour at the famous Rosengarten, a beautiful rose garden that offers stunning views of the city and the surrounding mountains. You can also enjoy a meal at the Rosengarten Restaurant, which offers delicious local cuisine and drinks.
1 DAY – BASEL
Basel is a charming city located in the northwest corner of Switzerland. It is known for its rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and beautiful architecture. Basel is home to over 40 museums, including the world-renowned Kunstmuseum, and the city hosts the largest art fair in the world, Art Basel. If you’re lucky enough to be in Basel during the annual Art Basel fair, it’s a must-see event for art enthusiasts.
Wander through the charming streets of the Altstadt – the Old Town – which is home to many historic buildings, churches, and museums.
This world-renowned museum – the Kunstmuseum – houses an impressive collection of art from the Renaissance to the modern day.
Enjoy stunning views of Basel from the water and the Rhine River and either “float in it” or do a boat cruise and experience the city from a different perspective.
Basel is home to many notable architectural landmarks, such as the Rhine Tower, the Basel Minster, and the modernist Vitra Campus.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON 2 WEEKS IN SWITZERLAND ITINERARY
A two-week trip to Switzerland offers a perfect opportunity to explore the stunning natural beauty and cultural richness of this picturesque country. From the charming cities of Zurich and Lucerne to the breathtaking landscapes of Interlaken, Zermatt, and St. Moritz, there are plenty of unforgettable experiences waiting for you in Switzerland.
Whether you’re a fan of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and paragliding, or you prefer exploring historic towns, museums, and castles, Switzerland has something for everyone. With the excellent transportation system, including scenic train rides and cable cars, you can easily reach all the major attractions and hidden gems of Switzerland.
By following this 14-day itinerary, you can visit some of the most iconic destinations in Switzerland, such as the Matterhorn, Jungfraujoch, Mount Rigi, and Mount Pilatus, and also explore some lesser-known destinations.
This 2 weeks in Switzerland itinerary is a great way to experience the natural beauty and cultural richness of this stunning country and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
So pack your bags, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Switzerland!