Custom Tour of Switzerland: Alpine vacations to Davos & the Matterhorn
Mountain of mountains: The Matterhorn near Zermatt

Beautiful Switzerland: From the Matterhorn to Lake Lucerne

Experience the Matterhorn, the mountain of mountains, on this roundtrip tour from Zurich that combines Europe's highest peak, spectacular mountain landscapes and three of its most stunning lakes.

This trip will be customized according to your wishes.


Rental car pick-up

Rental car pick-up

Broker: Sunny Cars GmbH
Company: Dollar Thrifty
Vehicle: Ford Fiesta or similar (EDMR)
Loca­tion: Zurich Airport (Desk at Airport)

From the rental car station to the hotel

12 km | 22 minutes


Old Town with trendy cafes and pubs

The city at the northern end of Lake Zurich began as a Roman settle­ment called Turicum. Zurich didn't become a free city until the 13th century, and shortly after that joined the newly estab­lished Swiss Confed­er­a­tion.

The town's rise to promi­nence began during the era of Protestant reformer Ulrich Zwingli, who lived in Zurich from 1484 to 1531 and laid the foun­da­tion for the emer­gence of a Puritan-capital­istic culture. Today Zurich is one of the world's richest cities in terms of per capita income and its citi­zens enjoy the best quality of life in the world according to a survey conducted in 2007. Million­aires and billion­aires from around the globe have estab­lished a resi­dence in the city because of Swiss bank privacy laws and the country's low tax rate. Yet Zurich has much more to offer than secret bank accounts and low taxes: an attrac­tive old town with chic cafés and bars, over 40 museums, and the famous Bahnhofss­trasse, one of the most elegant shopping avenues in Europe.

Accommodation: A 16th century mansion in downtown Zurich

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast | 1x Parking

The small hotel in the centre of Zurich prides itself as an “oasis of tranquillity” in the heart of the city, and indeed the ability to relax in the secluded garden next to the Neptune fountain dating back to 1770 is one of the many features that set this prop­erty apart.

The small hotel with 35 indi­vid­u­ally deco­rated bedrooms offers conve­nience and comfort on the highest level. Lovers of wine and gourmet cooking will appre­ciate the restau­rant's market-fresh cuisine and exquisite wine cellar. The pleasant oasis in the bustling city is the ideal refuge after a hard day of sightseeing in the nearby Old Town.

From Zürich to Davos Platz

150 km | 2:30 h

The route leads around Lake Zurich. At Wollerau a detour southwards to Einsedeln is worth the trouble. The Bene­dic­tine Abbey located in the idyllic foothills of the Alps was one of the leading monas­teries during the Middle Ages and contains a monu­mental baroque church.

Near Bad Ragaz you will enter Heidi Land, setting of the famous novel published in 1880 by Johanna Spyri. At Maienfeld you can join numerous other tourists on a walk to “Heidi's House – the Orig­inal”.

Old town of Winterthur

Largest pede­s­trian area in Switz­er­land
The old town of Winterthur has the largest inter­connected pede­s­trian­ized area in Switz­er­land. The houses, narrow streets and fountains date back to the Baroque, the parish church with its twin towers is Gothic and the magnif­i­cent town house is a master­piece of the archi­tect Semper. In addi­tion, Winterthur is famous for its art scene. With the Oskar Reinhart Museum next to the city gardens and the art museum it has two art collec­tions of interna­tional standing.

Lake Lucerne

The heart of old Switz­er­land: Picturesque Lake Lucern
Located in the heart of old Switz­er­land, Lake Lucerne borders on and is surrounded by the three orig­inal Swiss cantons: Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. The area around the lake played an important role in the national and polit­ical myths and legends, among others those of the Swiss national hero Wilhelm Tell. Due to the reflec­tion of the Alpine mountains in the water, Lake Lucerne is widely regarded as the most beau­tiful lake in Switz­er­land. The best way to expe­r­i­ence the cross-shaped lake, orig­inally formed by a glacier, is by taking a ride on one of the paddle steamers or cruise boats that connect Lucerne, Brunnen and Flüelen. A number of marked hiking paths of varying length and diffi­culty are located on the southern side of the lake at the foot of the Alps. Highly recom­mended are the cable car or cogwheel railway to one of the view­points on the summits of Mount Pilatus, Rigi or Stanser­horn.

Ruggeller Riet

Ideal habitat for storks
The 90 hectare peat area in the very north of Liecht­enstein offers a special habitat for many plants and animals. Even the stork has moved back in. Moors, ponds, hedges, trees and meadows are an ideal habitat. Visitors come mainly at the end of May and the beginning of June, when the iris is in bloom and transforms large meadows into a blue carpet. The adja­cent Rhine with its gravel banks and the Rhine dam invites you to take a walk, cycle or inline skate.


From an insignificant village to the metropolis of winter sports

Located at an eleva­tion of 5,118 feet, Davos is the highest city in Europe. The commu­nity with just 10,000 inhab­i­tants regis­ters over 2.1 million visitors a year.

The valley was only inhabited in 1280 – late for Euro­pean standards – and the area was mainly used to graze cattle. The fortunes of the city began to rise in the 1850's when the mountain air was deemed to be good for tubercu­losis sufferers. A sanato­rium for lung patients in Davos is the setting of Thomas Mann's famous novel “Magic Mountain”. The role of the city as a resort for winter sports began when a toboggan race was held there in 1883. During the summer months, however, Davos is a much quieter place and an excel­lent base for hiking and sightseeing trips to the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Accommodation: A grand hotel above Davos

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The grand hotel on the Schatzalp is surely one of Switz­er­land's most spectac­ular hotels. It is located 300 m above Davos on a sunny terrace at the tree line. The hotel, built in art-nouveau style, is reached by a short ride from the center of Davos on a private funic­ular train. The Alpinum Schatzalp located around the hotel is a beau­tiful botan­ical garden with 3,500 different species of Alpine plants. The Schatzalp is known from the novel “Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann.

The old-style rooms a have a histor­ical charm and are very comfort­able. A Breakfast buffet and four course dinner are served in the hotel's dining room. There is also the rustic restau­rant Schatzalp, which is located just a few steps from the hotel and enjoys lovely views over Davos. A small indoor swimming pool and sauna are avai­labe in addi­tion to a charming bar and lounge with an open fireplace. Guests have free use of the Schatzalp funic­ular train.


Natural and cultural diver­sity in the highest valley in Europe
The 80 km long high valley in the canton of Grisons belongs to the highest inhabited valleys in Europe and is extremely cold in winter, espe­cially in the Upper Enga­dine between the Majola Pass and Zuoz. To the north­east the valley is drained by the River Inn which, partic­u­larly in the steeper Lower Enga­dine, turns to rushing white­water. Because of its remote­ness indige­nous languages have been preserved in the Enga­dine, – Romansh languages which have simi­larity to Latin. In the Upper Engadin Puter is spoken and in the Lower Enga­dine they speak Vallader. The languages are related, but they each have their own writing. Tourism has turned the former poor­house of Switz­er­land into a flour­ishing region. And so it also happened that St. Moritz grew into a sophis­ticated ski resort. The Muottas Muragl Bahn is the oldest funic­ular in the world.

Schweiz­eris­cher Nation­alpark

Vultures and bears in Switz­er­land's largest nature reserve
With an area of 170 square kilome­ters, the national park in Graubünden is the largest nature reserve in Switz­er­land. Its eleva­tion ranges from 1,400 meters to 3,174 meters on Piz Pisoc. There are hiking trails starting in Zernez that will lead you through forests, meadows, scree and ice. Because it is forbidden to leave the trails in the park, the wildlife has become accustomed to people. If you are quiet, you may get to see ibexes, deer, chamois, marmots, alpine hares, lizards, snakes and a wide variety of birds – maybe even one of the bearded vultures that were reintroduced to the park in 1991. In 2005, a brown bear was sighted for the first time in 90 years. The visitor center in Zernez offers informa­tion about the park and displays a marmot burrow you can walk through.

From Davos Platz to Ander­matt

199 km | 3:00 h

A good place to take a break is Chur. Consid­ered the oldest settle­ment in Switz­er­land, the 5,000-year-old city has a well-preserved medieval old town.

You will then follow the River Rhine towards its source. Another inter­esting town along the route is Disentis with its Bene­dic­tine Abbey founded in 720. For those wishing to stretch their legs, numerous hiking trails of various length begin at the Abbey.



At the center of exciting mountain passes

For many centuries Ander­matt was situ­ated at the premier crossroads for both north-south and east-west traffic across the Alps.

The ancient Swiss town lies at the center of four key Alpine passes: the Gotthard Pass to southern Switz­er­land, the Gösch­en­eralp Pass to north-central Switz­er­land, the stunning Furka Pass to the Rhone Valley in the west, and the Oberalp Pass to the Rhine Valley. Many gorgeous Alpine drives of various length and diffi­culty can be taken from Ander­matt. A rela­tively unchal­lenging yet scenic excur­sion is the three-passes pano­ramic drive around the Rhone Glacier, either in your own car or in one of the canary-yellow Post buses. A truly unfor­gettable expe­r­i­ence is a ride on the Furka Steam Train from Realp to Oberwald.

Accommodation: An Alpine hotel near St. Gotthard

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The hotel is situ­ated near the histor­ical Devil's Bridge on what for centuries was the main trading route across the Alps.

Since comple­tion of the Gotthard Road Tunnel in 1980, however, it has grown nearly as quiet in these parts as it was when Goethe stayed in Ander­matt on his way to Italy over 200 years ago. The bedrooms in the tradi­tional Swiss hotel are bright and comfort­able. Regional Swiss special­i­ties are served in the wood-panelled dining room.


Para­disiac lakes, remote mountain villages
Because of its warm climate, the south­ernmost canton of Switz­er­land is also called “sunroom”. Closed off to the north by the Gotthard massif, wine, figs, lemons and olives find perfect condi­tions over here. When after several waves of emigra­tion Ticino was heavily depop­u­lated in the early 20th century, painters, poets and anar­chists tired of civi­l­iza­tion discov­ered the para­disiac region around Lake Maggiore, among them Hermann Hesse. They were followed by tourists, attracted by the idyllic scenery and the 2,300 hours of sunshine a year. Around the Great Lakes lie the tourist centers of Ascona, Lugano and Locarno, which host several interna­tional music and film festivals. In a striking contrast to this rich and sophis­ticated holiday region are remote valleys such as Verzasca, Maggia- or Onser­none, whose wild chestnut forests, untamed rivers and magnif­i­cent rock forma­tions are only acces­sible to hikers. Everywhere one comes across abandoned Rustici, stone houses built without mortar, which testify to narrow, squalid living condi­tions of previous gener­a­tions in Ticino.

Furka steam locomo­tive

Over the pass with the cogwheel railway
After the Furka Base Tunnel between Realp and Oberwald was completed, the cogwheel railway over the pass was deemed to be closed perma­nently. However, ideal­ists and railway enthu­siasts ensured that the historic railway line over the mountain was preserved. From May to late September steam engines depart daily needing a good two hours for the 18 kilometer route.


Scenic road at the St. Gotthard Pass
This mountain road winds its way elegantly up the Gotthard Pass. It has been a protected landmark since 1832 and is consid­ered one of the “great drives of the Alps.” From the Middle Ages up until the 20th century, the pass was one of the most important routes over the mountains. Coaches would use the road in the summer, and sleighs in the winter. Today, it is preferred by nostalgic visitors; those in a hurry can simply drive straight through the mountain via the Gotthard tunnel.

From Ander­matt to Oggebbio

130 km | 2:30 h

The short stretch along the Strada del Gottardo to St. Gotthard Pass will give you an impres­sion of the arduous journey this once was for traders crossing the Alps.

The hospice at the top of the pass was built in the 14th century and restored in the 19th century. The Gotthard Museum on the same site contains exhibits on the history of the pass, which has been one of the most important trading routes across the Alps since the Middle Ages.


Cultural landscape at “the foot of the mountains”
This region's name means “the foot of the mountains.” It borders Switz­er­land to the North and France to the West. It includes the entire northwestern section of the Italian alps. Europe's highest mountains are located here: Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc) is just a few kilome­ters across the French border. Monte Rose (4,618 m) is right on the border. The mountains end abruptly at the Po river valley. Rare languages are still spoken in the deep and inac­ces­sible valleys – including medieval Occitan and Walser German. South of the capital city, Turin, you will discover a charming and cultu­r­ally inter­esting region. Fine wines are made from vine­yards on the gently rolling hills around Asti. Truffles grow in the surrounding forests. This combina­tion attracts gourmets from all over the world.


Mountain with a view and a cablecar
North of Lake Maggiore rises the Cimetta. Via the Cardada, the local mountain of Locarno, the 1,671 meter high peak is easily acces­sible by cablecar and hiking trails. From the top you have a sensa­tional view over the lake and the Maggia Delta. On a good day you can see Ascona, the lowest point in Switz­er­land, and the Monte Rosa, the highest point of Switz­er­land. Those who still have energy, can cont­inue to Cima della Torosa and descend over the lake of Verzasca.

Lago Maggiore

Romantic lake between Ticino and Po Valley

In a part of Switz­er­land renowned for its warmth and Mediterranean light, Lake Maggiore has been attracting visitors for over 100 years.

While its northern tip is part of the Swiss Ticino, it reaches as far south as the Po Valley. The walks above the lake offer views which remind one of the Côte d'Azur near the heart of Europe, with the Alps as a backdrop. There is every­thing here: unspoiled nature, spectac­ular scenery, the best climate in Switz­er­land, major cultural events, beaches, lakeshores, an early spring, a golden autumn, wine and food special­ties, and an infi­nite number of possi­bil­i­ties for excur­sions and every kind of leisure activity, from golf to extreme sports like canyoning.

Accommodation: A villa near Oggebbio

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The villa in a large park over­looking Lago Maggiore is an island of tranquility. Situ­ated about 30 minutes from Ascona, the hotel stands on the Italian side of the border, which is less frequented by tourists.

Each of the 18 bedrooms is uniquely and indi­vid­u­ally deco­rated. The restau­rant special­izes in dishes made of fresh local prod­ucts. Weather permitting, meals are served on the seaview terrace. A swimming pool is avai­l­able during the warmer months.


Histor­ical place with waterfront
The picturesque town­ship on the western shores of Lake Maggiore has a beau­tiful waterfront, where a market is held every Sunday. It has a beach, a church from 1571 and a historic center. Located just west of the city, the Cannobino, a rushing mountain stream, has dug a deep gorge.


Lake­side town on the Lago Maggiore from the Belle Époque
The heyday of this town on the shores of Lake Maggiore began when the Simplon railway line connected it with the north. The prom­enades along the shore­line, with their magnif­i­cent views, still attest to that era. A number of boats will ferry you from Stresa to the Borromean Islands and to other sights on Lake Maggiore. The Villa Pallavi­cino and its botanic gardens are only a short distance to the south.


Chestnut forests, mule tracks and deserted villages
The Ticino valley stretches from Intragna on Lake Maggiore to Camedo in the west at the Swiss-Italian border. It owes its name to the numerous side valleys. There are not 100 but more than 150! Hiking trails along former mule tracks lead through the chestnut forests and on to ancient old villages, which are mostly deserted or inhabited by artists. The romantic valley is made acces­sible by the Centovalli Railway, which travels over 83 bridges and through 34 tunnels.

From Oggebbio to Zermatt

133 km | 3:00 h

From Locarno you will travel through the romantic Centovalli, reaching the border to Italy near Camedo. The name Centovalli or “100 valleys” refers to the numerous valleys that branch off on all sides from the main one.

The route is dotted with picturesque mountain villages dosing in the sun. The route returns to Switz­er­land and the grand mountains of Valais via Domo­d­ossola and the rugged Gondo Gorge.


High alpine pass between glaciers and Mediterranean ravines
With an eleva­tion of 2,005 meters, this pass connects the Rhône Valley in the Swiss canton of Wallis with the Val d'Ossola in the Italian province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. People have been using the pass since prehistoric times. It was even later used by Roman emperors. The influ­en­tial merchant Kaspar von Stockalper built the first road here in the 17th century, which is now a hiking trail. The modern road through the pass follows Napoleon Bonaparte's route. At the top of the pass there is a hospice. Coming down the southern side, you will find the Mediterranean-looking town of Simplon and the the romantically wild Gondo Gorge with the majestic, glacier-covered Fletschhorn towering above it.


Car-free village at the Matterhorn

The town at the end of the Mattertal has around 5,000 inhab­i­tants and is situ­ated at 1,600 m (5,250 ft.) above sea level.

Zermatt's world-wide renown stems from its proximity to the Matter­horn, the mountain of mountains and most famous landmark in the Alps. Anyone who has ever stood before the mighty peak knows that even the most enthu­siastic descrip­tion will fail to capture its true majesty. The mountain was first scaled by a party of Brits using local guides in 1865. In their rush to beat another party to the top one of the climbers slipped and caused three others to fall to their deaths. The trio are buried in the church­yard next to an English chapel in Zermatt set aside for them and the numerous other Brits who subsequently died attempting to scale the mountain. Climbs to the peak of the Matter­horn are almost a matter of course today. About 3,000 mountai­neers attempt the ascent each year, some­times even leading to overcrowding on the main routes. The Gorner Valley south-east of Zermatt boasts the highest cog railway in Europe. The higher you go the more incred­ible the views of the Matter­horn become.
The town of Zermatt is closed to private vehicles. Visitors must leave their cars at the free car park and take the train to the city.

Romantik Hotel Julen

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

Bernese Ober­land

Between lake idyll and eternal ice
In 1798, a canton of Ober­land was created under Napoleon, but it was abol­ished five years later and incor­po­rated into the canton of Berne. However, the name “Ober­land” has been retained and today describes the magnif­i­cent landscape south of Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. The high rainfall is all discharged from the Aare, which flows into the Rhine at Koblenz. To the south, the valleys rise steeply to the glaciated main ridge of the Alps, which reaches well over 4000 metres in alti­tude here. The most famous peaks are Eiger (3967 m), Mönch (4107 m) and Jungfrau (4158 m). They form the border with the canton of Valais.


At the foot of the largest Alpine glacier
This historic town with 5,000 inhab­i­tants is situ­ated on the southern shores of the Rhone between the Bernese and the Valais Alps. A few kilome­ters to the north lies the UNESCO world heritage site of the Aletsch area with the largest glacier of the Alps. Various cable cars lead to the glacier area. The best cable car ride to Belalp, a car free village, is from Brig. Because of its loca­tion at the foot of the Simplon Pass, an important connec­tion to Italy, the site was already settled in 7 B.C.(!) Brig has a picturesque historic old quarter with the Stockalper Palace.

From Zermatt to Lausanne

167 km | 2:30 h
The route will take you through the upper Rhone Valley to Lake Geneva. Along the way you will pass Sion. The former capital of the canton Valais is tucked in among vine­yards and has a quaint old town with a certain French feel to it.

Lake Geneva

Medieval towns and castles in front of dramatic alpine scenery
Also called Lake Léman, the cres­cent-shaped body of water at the southwest edge of the Swiss Plateau between the Alps and the Jura mountains covers an area of 600 square km (230 square miles). The match­less beauty of the lake has always made it a magnet for people form all over the world, including celebri­ties such as Lord Byron, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn and Phil Collins. Numerous picturesque villages, vine­yards and castles dot the banks of the lake that serves as a tempo­rary reser­voir for the River Rhone, which enters at the north-west tip and exits at Geneva. Visitors should be sure to spend an evening in one of the numerous “Caveaux des Vignerons”: In each village a wine cellar is open almost every evening where the local prod­ucts can be sampled in an unfor­gettable atmo­sphere.


Roman town with French flair
This ancient town lies between vine­yards and woods in the Rhone Knee. The Gallo-Roman temple of Mercury, the foun­da­tions of which were only discov­ered in 1976, bears witness to the fact that the Romans already recog­nised the strategic importance of the town at the inter­sec­tion of important roads and passes. Today the Musée Gallo Romain displays the most important archae­o­log­ical finds of the area. Also worth seeing is the Bernar­diner Museum, dedicated to the legendary rescue dogs of the Great St. Bernard.


Car-free sunny village in the Bernese Alps
Mürren is situ­ated in the heart of the Bernese Alps and faces the towering peaks of mounts Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. The car-free town with a popu­la­tion of 450 is nestled on a sunny mountain terrace high above the spectac­ular Lauterbrunnen Valley, one of Europe’s deepest valleys lined by over 500 m steep lime­stone cliffs. Mürren can only be reached by a cable car system that cont­inues in three more stages to the peak of Mount Schilthorn (2,970 m). On a clear day the view from the top extends to Mont Blanc in the south and the Black Forest in the north. The revolving restau­rant on the summit was once used for a scene in a James Bond movie. A number of walking paths start from Mürren. A partic­u­larly scenic route leads from the Grütschalp via Winteregg to Mürren. The view of the surrounding mountain peaks is abso­lutely stunning on clear sunny after­noons.


Capital of the Swiss Riviera

The Romans had already founded a settle­ment called Lusona on the sunny northern shore of Lake Geneva. Today Lausanne is the centre of the “Swiss Riviera” and attracts visitors from all over the world with its enchanting old town and interna­tional flair.

In a way, Lausanne is even the cradle of tourism. The hotel school is the oldest in the world. A jewel is the early Gothic cathedral Notre-Dame, which is consid­ered the most beau­tiful building from the pre-Swiss Habsburg period.

Accommodation: A shorefront chateau

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The castle-like mansion stands directly on the shore of Lake Geneva. The oldest part of the building, the tower, was built in 1170 by the Bishop of Lausanne.

Over the centuries the forti­fied resi­dence housed a succes­sion of bishops before eventu­ally falling into disre­pair in the 17th century after being damaged by a fire. Today the expertly restored chateau is a small luxury hotel that combines first-class service with a first-class loca­tion. Guests can relax in the private swimming pool, the sauna, the Mediterranean restau­rant or the lake-view terrace.


Spa with picturesque view
The health resort with 35,000 inhab­i­tants lies picturesquely on a terrace on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. From the spa you can see far over the lake into the Swiss Jura. All around, wine is grown that bears the designa­tion of origin Vin de Savoie. Thonon-les-Bains was the seat of the Dukes of Savoy until 1589. Their castle stood on a peninsula in the lake and has completely disap­peared today. Ripaille Castle now stands on the same site. It was bought and rebuilt by an Alsa­tian indus­trialist in 1892.

From Lausanne to Erlach

91 km | 1:30 h

The route leads through the Swiss Jura, the heavily forested, low mountain range in northwest Switz­er­land. From Yverdon at the southern tip of Lake Neuschâtel you may want to take a detour to Mont Chas­seron.

The walk to the summit of Mont Chas­seron starts at St. Croix and takes about 90 minutes each way. Those who make the effort will be rewarded with breathtaking pano­ramic views of Lake Neuschâtel, the Jura Mountains and the Alps.



Sunshine city on the lakefront

The 15 kilome­ters long and 74 meters deep lake is one of the three large Jura lakes in Switz­er­land. The name Jura derives from the Celtic language and means forest which still dominates the landscape of this less fertile and sparsely popu­lated region.

On the sunny slopes of the lake shore between Biel and Le Landeron grows a fruity white wine, which is served in the taprooms with Treberwurst, a local specialty. Since the Franco-German language border runs through the lakes, most places have bilin­gual names.

Accommodation: An island hotel on Lake Biel-Bienne

2 Nights | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The hotel is located on St. PeterIsle in Lake Biel-Bienne, approx. 25 km west of Bern. The struc­ture built in 1127 was orig­inally a Cluniac monastery before being converted into a guest­house.

An impres­sive array of nota­bles have stayed at the hotel throughout its long history, including Rousseau, Goethe, Josephine Bonaparte and numerous Prus­sian, Swedish and Bavarian kings. Today the island is connected to the shore by a strip of land and is a conser­va­tion area. The carefully restored prop­erty combines 21st century comfort with ancient tradi­tions, and a stay at the histor­ical guest­house with its unique island setting is an unfor­gettable expe­r­i­ence. The restau­rant is known for its selec­tion of wines – some of which are pressed on site – and excel­lent fish dishes.


Renais­sance arcades and facade paint­ings in the UNESCO World Heritage City
With 130,000 inhab­i­tants, the capital of Switz­er­land is the country's 4th largest city. Bern was founded in the 12th century, then destroyed by a disas­trous fire in 1405 and rebuilt in the Renais­sance style. Most of these build­ings still stand today, making Bern one of Europe's leading exam­ples of urban devel­op­ment during the late Middle Ages. The old town has 6 km of covered arcades, the longest medieval shopping prom­enade in Europe, inviting tourists to stroll and shop at a leisurely pace. The wide 17th century resi­dences with their jutting roofs and painted facades reflect the histor­ical pride of the Bern citi­zens. The entire city center, which boasts eleven histor­ical fountains, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Only a few kilome­ters to the west to the city a very different event took place: in Zimmerwald near Riggisberg the Third Interna­tional was founded in 1915 in the pres­ence of Lenin and Trotsky, which led to the crea­tion of the Soviet Union.

From Erlach to Luzern

125 km | 2:00 h
You will pass two towns worth a stop along the way: Solothurn, consid­ered the greatest Baroque city in Switz­er­land, and Zofingen, one of the richest cities in the land during the Middle Ages, as evidenced by its carefully preserved old town.


Jewel of Central Switzerland

In the 7th century the Luciara monastery stood where the river Reuss leaves Lake Lucerne. A trading place grad­u­ally grew around the monastery, which was declared a town in 1178.

The citi­zens and merchants benefited from the loca­tion on Gotthards­traße. When the Habsburg Duke Rudolph bought the town in 1291, the rebellious citi­zens joined forces with the orig­inal cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden to secure the survival of the young Swiss Confed­er­a­tion. Pros­perity and beauty are at home in all epochs of the city – in the medieval build­ings, the patri­cian houses of the Renais­sance, the Art Nouveau hotels and the bold build­ings of the present. The landmark is the Kapellbrück (Chapel Bridge) from the 14th century. It leads across the crystal clear lake, which reflects a magnif­i­cent mountain pano­rama.

Accommodation: A rustic hotel in downtown Lucerne

1 Night | 1x Double Occupancy | Bed & Breakfast

The unique hotel was constructed of seven carefully restored build­ings in the medieval old town of Lucerne. Every room in the inn has a char­acter of its own, which makes guests feel as if they were staying in a private home rather than a hotel. The restau­rant special­izes in French cuisine, and during the summer months meals are served on the rooftop terrace over­looking the irreg­ular medieval townscape of Lucerne and the lake beyond.

Maria Loreto

One thou­sand steps and Marian mysticism
A thou­sand steps lead to the pilgrimage chapel in Hergiswald, which was conse­crated in 1662. It is simple on the outside, but unique on the inside. The picture of the Black Madonna and a vaulted wooden ceiling with 324 sections amaze and enthuse art histo­rians. Kaspar Megglinger, the crea­tive artist, was partic­u­larly known in the Baroque period for his Marian symbolism. After all, the more than 300 images of the Virgin Mary are regarded as the only cycle in the world to have been designed in this form.


Switz­er­land's most famous pano­ramic summit
The rugged mountain massif south of Lucerne is Switz­er­land's most famous vantage point. From above you have a fantastic view of Lake Lucerne, Lucerne and the Central Alps. Earlier gener­a­tions regarded it not as a sublime local mountain, but as an uncanny place of dragons and ghosts that sent weather plunges and mudslides into the city. No wonder there are so many tales and legends about Pilatus. From Kriens a cable car leads up the mountain, from Alpnachstad a rack railway. The historic Hotel Pilatus-Kulm awaits you at the top.

From Luzern to Zürich

Rental car drop-off

From Luzern to Zurich

68 km | 49 minutes
You will travel through the gently rolling hills of central Switz­er­land around Lake Zug and on to the western shore of Lake Zurich.

Rental car drop-off

Loca­tion: Zurich Airport (Desk at Airport)

13 days
from € 2,489.00
per person based on two people sharing a double room
  • Accommodation in a double room
  • Meals (as listed above)
  • Sunny Cars Permit for Italy (payable on site)

You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time: April–September

The prices can vary depending on the season.
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