On the Grand Tour of Switzerland the journey is the goal!

This route will lead you 1000 miles through four language regions, over five Alpine passes, to eleven UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as two UNESCO biospheres and along 22 lakes.

This tour provides a concentrated insight into Switzerland, with exquisite scenic views and cultural jewels.

Facts & Figures

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The Grand Tour of Switzerland combines the highlights of Switzerland with a beautiful scenic route. Motorways / highways on the Grand Tour are chiefly avoided and only taken when it makes traffic-sense.


Characteristics of the Grand Tour of Switzerland

UNESCO Highlights on the Grand Tour


  • St. Johann
    Benedictine Monastery
    Mustair
  • Carolingian Convent
    San Gall
  • La Chaux-de-Fonds
    and Le Locle
    Watchmaking Town
  • Lavaux
    Vineyard Terraces
  • Monte San Giorgio
    beside Lake Lugano
  • The medieval town of Berne
  • Prehistoric pile dwellings
    around the Alps
  • Albula / Bernina Railway
  • Jungfrau-Aletsch
    Swiss Alps
  • Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  • Three Castles of Bellinzona
  • Biosphere Val Mustair Parc Naziunal
  • Entlebuch biosphere reserve

Lakes along the Grand Tour


01) Lake Zurich

02) Lake Constance
03) Lake Davos

04) Lake St. Moritz
05) Lake Silvaplana

06) Barrier lake Marmorera

07) Barrier lake Suf

08) Lake Maggiore

09) Lake di Lugano

10) Lake Geneva

11) Lake de Joux

12) Lake Brenet

13) Lake Neuchatel

14) Lake Murten

15) Barrier lake Schiffenen

16) Lake Gruyere

17) Lake Thun

18) Lake Mauen

19) Lake Sempach

20) Lake Halwiler

21) Lake Baldegger

22) Lake Lucerne


Length of the Grand Tour


Core route:
1'643 km / 1'021 miles

 

Initial stretch

feeder from North
Basel - Neuchatel
165 km / 103 miles

 

Initial stretch

feeder from West
Geneva -  Saint-George
53 km / 33 miles

 

Initial stretch
feeder from South

Chiasso - Bellinzona
109 km / 68 miles


Total length:

1'970 km / 1'225 miles


Alpine Passes

Fluela (2'383m / 7'818ft)

Julier (2,284 m / 7,493 ft)

San Bernardino (2,066 m / 6,778 ft)
Gotthard (2,106 m / 6,909 ft)
Furka (2,429 m / 7,969 ft)