Travel route best of Swiss highlights

Discover Switzerland in 3-4 weeks

On this journey you will discover both modern and traditional cities as well as breathtaking natural highlights of Switzerland. In addition, you will visit the three language regions of Switzerland and experience their differences and similarities.

Enjoy a few days in the vibrant city of Zurich. Hop on a tram and ride through the city or explore the shores of Lake Zurich on a boat trip and enjoy the varied nightlife in the evening.

After this, start your journey towards Eastern Switzerland with the first stop in the city of St. Gallen. A visit to the impressive abbey district, including a visit to the traditional abbey library, is worthwhile.

South of St. Gallen is the rural village of Appenzell, with its well-preserved traditional village center on which even today the votes and elections of the canton of Appenzell Inner Rhodes are carried out. From there, a trip to the Alpstein Mountains is also worthwhile. This offers many easy and challenging hikes. Alternatively, you can use a cable car to get to one of the peaks and enjoy the mountain panorama and an extensive brunch at the same time.

After visiting Eastern Switzerland you continue your journey westwards to reach central Switzerland. Lucerne, located on Lake Lucerne, will impress you with the breathtaking alpine panorama. A boat trip or a trip to one of the nearby mountains, for example to the Rigi or Pilatus is a nice addition.

From Lucerne you can for example take the Gotthard Panorama Express to Lugano, to reach the south of Switzerland (Ticino). The Mediterranean flair of Lugano invites you to eat gelati (ice cream) by the lake or take a walk in the beautiful city park. Moreover, you can enjoy a great view if you do a hike to Monte San Salvatore or Monte Brè.

Your itinerary will take you next to Bern, the federal capital of Switzerland. The UNESCO-listed old town invites you to linger and offers a variety of cultural highlights.

If you have enough time you may consider doing a trip to the Bernese Oberland, for example, to Interlaken or Grindelwald. Interlaken is the Swiss mecca for outdoor sports such as rafting and canyoning. The glacier village Grindelwand lies at the foot of the famous Eiger north face, embedded in a unique alpine landscape.

Your journey then continues westwards to Lausanne. In addition to visiting the beautiful old town, a trip to the vineyards of Lavaux on Lake Geneva is great.

Continue to Zermatt, where you can admire the most famous mountain in Switzerland - the Matterhorn. The glacier ski area is also open in summer and invites you to enjoy skiing all year round.

From Zermatt you will travel back to Zurich. As a last stop, you may do a day trip to Schaffhausen to visit the Rhine Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in Europe.