12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly
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Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive
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Engelberg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Riyadh

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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rigi as well as Uetliberg Mountain. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, visit Niederdorf, and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich sightseeing app.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Zurich. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in January: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Engelberg

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
On the 7th (Sat), examine the collection at Sherlock Holmes Museum and then admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Furka Pass.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Engelberg online tour builder.

You can drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Engelberg, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lucerne

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, and finally look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne vacation planning website.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Geneva

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.
On the 11th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bains des Paquis.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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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 13th (Fri): see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and then stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip app.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours
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Switzerland travel guide

4.6
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.

Swiss Alps travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Bodies of Water · Scenic Drive
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.