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The most scenic Swiss road trip from Zurich to the Alps

Last weekend I partnered together with Mazda to do my first ever road trip through Switzerland – an epic 5-hour drive from Zurich to Adelboden, with shimmering blue lakes, centuries-old towns, and Swiss Alps as our backdrop.

Warning: if you’re looking for the quickest way to get from point A to point B, this post is not for you – here I am talking about a real scenic route 🙂 We did not rush, we did not focus on the destination, we just drove along, made stops wherever we wanted, took lots of photos and savored the scenery. Read on for the full route!

We started from Lake Zurich and passed Lake Lucerne, Lake Sarnen, Lake Lungern, Lake Brienz and Lake Thun on our way – can you imagine? Each lake is different – with some you drive right along the water, with others you see the turquoise blue from high above the curving road. Make sure you stop and admire at least one of them. We hopped out at Morschach because you get a perfect view over the hill-framed Lake Lucerne and the town of Brunnen tucked in the right corner.

Road trip across Switzerland, Lake LungernRoad trip stop in Morschach, Lake LucerneDriving along Lake Thun, Switzerland

You’ll also pass through some really cute villages and towns – complete with old churches, colorful buildings and those irresistible bright flower pots that adorn the restaurants and chalets. The higher up in the mountains you go, the curvier and narrower the roads get – sometimes it feels like you’re driving on private paths! Prepare for that idyllic, untouched perfectly-green meadow scenery.

Road trip to Adelboden, SwitzerlandRoad trip through the Alps, SwitzerlandRoadtrip to Adelboden, Swiss Alps with Mazda

I would also recommend visiting the 153m long Hostalde Brücke – one of Europe’s longest hanging bridges. It’s right along the route (in Frutigen, between Spiez and Adelboden) and aside from having beautiful views, next to it there is a wonderful little place that serves big plates of Alpine cheese and meat, local beer, Sussmost and has very friendly staff. When were there, I felt like SUCH a tourist because I was wearing a dress from the morning and we came by car, while everyone else were 100% locals in hiking gear, but it was so worth it to experience it.

Road trip through Switzerland, Hostalde Brücke in the Alps

The final destination, Adelboden, sits high up in the Alps. It’s a small town that until 1884 was completely cut off from the outside world. Here, as soon as you step out of the car, your lungs fill with crisp Alpine air, and your ears hear nothing except the distant cowbells, the rustling of the grass, and the occasional friendly “Grüezi mitenand”.

The pearl of this already magical location is the Engstligenfälle – Engstlinen waterfall. It cuts down across the mountains with a powerful force and sets a special atmosphere with its distinct sound. Above the waterfall, even in the summer, you can see snowy Alpine peaks.

Mazda Suisse has organized a one-of-a-kind, almost can’t believe your eyes accommodation here – perched really high on the edge of a mountain, with a front-seat view of the waterfall, stands an all-glass cube with a terrace for two. The cube is compact – there is a place to sleep and a place to shower and with that view, you don’t need much more. At night, you can still hear the waterfall, but darkness adds another dimension – up there on the mountain, you can see every star across the sky and count the planes flying over. It is without a doubt, one of the coolest places I have ever stayed at anywhere in this world.

Mazda road trip Adelboden waterfall views from design cuberoad trip destination Adelboden, SwitzerlandRoad trip destination Adelboden, Switzerland with Mazda

For your own chance to do the #MyMagicRoadtrip with the Mazda CX-5 you can register at (tip: there are 2 other, equally beautiful locations in different parts of Switzerland!)

In the meantime, I’ve put together the full itinerary for you in Google Maps. If you followed my Stories on Instagram, you will find all the beautiful spots that I filmed are on this route.

Road trip in Switzerland, best route to Adelboden

As you can see, this drive takes you halfway across the country!

Switzerland road trip route

THE FINAL VERDICT: I have to admit that I loved seeing Switzerland from a passenger seat, and though I’m a 100 percent train lover, there is something very freeing and adventurous about being able to go and stop anywhere because you’re traveling by car. The amount of beauty we saw in one day was just insane. It’s an experience I would recommend everyone does at least once.

Views on the road trip through Switzerland in the AlpsMy magic roadtrip to Adelboden with Mazda

The road trip and accommodation was sponsored by Mazda Suisse.


  1. Debra Gaita says

    What an absolutely beautiful journey! Love slow, scenic routes where is there no rushing and one can take the time to enjoy all of the surrounding beauty. Thank you for sharing this…

  2. Mike says

    Amazing! Thank you for posting! I can’t wait to do this one day!

  3. gemma says

    What you you use to take your photos ? Amazing Trip !!!

  4. dekker says

    hi larisa! you just doing great – hope to see you when having a trip like this once!😀

  5. So helpful, I’m going to follow this journey in a couple weeks. Your blog is exactly what I needed to get my trip organized 🙂

  6. Abhay Bishnoi says

    Thank you inspiring us, we are planning to do the same road trip in June this year. Could you please advice the name of the hotel that you stayed at in Adelboden. Cheers!

  7. Hi, These images look really pretty and eye-catching. From the core of my heart, I must say the Swiss Alps is definitely something everyone should visit at least once. By watching these images I definitely going to plan a tour for Switzerland.

  8. Shay Bryan says

    Hello, what is the name of the hotel you stayed at in Adelboden? Im not even sure if you respond to these, but my boyfriend and I are trying to plan a trip in the next few weeks.

    Thank you

    • Larisa says

      Hi Shay, sorry for the super late response, but it probably wouldn’t have helped you much anyway – the hotel was a one season only pop-up designed by Switzerland Tourism and Mazda. I hope you had a wonderful time on your trip! x

  9. What an incredible place 🙂 thanks for sharing these incredibly beautiful pics. I hope to visit Switzerland someday very soon.

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