The TOP 7 CAR ROADTRIPS IN SWITZERLAND
Of course, traveling to distant countries always has its charm, but there is also a lot to discover in Switzerland. Therefore, we have compiled the best Swiss destinations for you.
Switzerland is definitely not lacking in excursion destinations. Thanks to the good transport connections, you can quickly get to enchanting places that are always worth a trip. Whether it's a city trip or a ride to lakes, mountain landscapes, or cozy villages, there is certainly something for everyone.
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Our recommendation - The Grand Tour of Switzerland
For a great road trip, we recommend the Grand Tour of Switzerland. Here you will be guided through breathtaking glacier landscapes, discover palm-fringed lakes and stroll through medieval villages.
The variety of sights is brilliant and provides endless highlights on your trip. Of course, you can also simply choose sections of the tour and experience the beauty of Switzerland during a day trip.
Route of the Grand Tour of Switzerland
The entire route lets you experience Switzerland. You'll drive to 44 sights, cross five Alpine passes, pass 22 lakes, and take in 11 UNESCO world heritage sites. So, it's worth it! All Swiss cantons are included, so you can easily start from your place of residence or just discover parts of the route.
Highlights of the Grand Tour of Switzerland
Route from Zurich to St. Gallen (approx. 155km)
The trip starts in Zurich and leads to St. Gallen. The first stop is at the Rheinfall, the largest waterfall in Europe. St. Gallen itself invites you to linger with its car-free old town and, with its colorful architecture, is one of the top attractions on the Grand Tour of Switzerland.
Route from St.Gallen to Davos (approx. 160 km)
On the way, you will pass through a unique hilly landscape in which the village of Appenzell is nestled. If you are in the mood for nature and hiking, then the Alpstein area is just right for you.
Route from Davos to Lugano (approx. 260 km)
On your way to the south of Switzerland, you will pass Muottas Muragl near Pontresina. A hike is worthwhile because on the summit you have the whole Upper Engadin at your feet. From here you have a breathtaking view of beautiful lakes and the famous resort of St. Moritz.
Route from Lugano to Zermatt (approx. 230 km)
A visit to Monte Brè above Lake Lugano when leaving Lugano will give you a great view. Along the way to Zermatt lies Ascona with its pretty old town. On the rest of the way, you will take the famous passes St. Gotthard and Furka and pass the Aletsch Glacier, the longest glacier in the Alps.
Route from Zermatt to Montreux (approx. 150 km)
In Zermatt, a ride on the Gornergrat Bahn is a must. From here you will travel into the
French-speaking Switzerland, where you will be accompanied by rivers and forests on your journey. The last stage takes you along the shores of Lake Geneva to Montreux with its famous Chillon Castle.
Route from Montreux to Gstaad (approx. 315 km)
Your ride will take you past the orchards and vineyards of Lavaux to Lausanne. Later on, your route you will cross the Gruyère region, with green hills and the peaks of the Fribourg Pre-Alps.
Route from Gstaad to Lucerne (approx. 315km)
In Interlaken, a boat trip on the turquoise-blue Lake of Brienz or the neighboring Lake of Thun is worthwhile. From here you can marvel at the sublime peaks of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. On the further way to Lucerne, Bern invites you to go shopping.
Along the routes, there are always incredible views that are a photographer's dream. With special photo spots here, you have the opportunity for great souvenir photos.
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Top excursion destinations in Switzerland - Easy to reach by car
Of course, there are many other great excursion destinations in Switzerland. Here are a few of our insider tips.
In the canton of Bern, it is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Switzerland. Wonderful nature and waterfalls make the lake a great destination for hiking and relaxing.
Cozy restaurants and cafés that invite you to linger can be found in the romantic village on Lake of Constance.
Obersee (SG & SH)
Only an hour's drive from Zurich, lies the Obersee. The unique landscape invites you to take a walk and is great for a delicious picnic.
Stunning in winter, but also worth visiting in summer. The municipality in Valais is the perfect place for a hike in the mountains.
La Chaux-de-Fonds (NE)
La Chaux-de-Fonds is one of the highest cities in Europe and was long considered the center of the watchmaking industry.
We could continue this list of destinations endlessly because Switzerland has an incredible variety to offer. If you still need the right vehicle, just check out our car subscription offers.
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