41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 5 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brig
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
Train
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Bern
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lenk im Simmental
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 5 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 3 nights
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Geneva

— 5 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, engage your brain at CERN, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Geneva online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Geneva is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. When traveling from Amsterdam in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Geneva, with highs around 32°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Montreux journey planning website.

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Brig

— 3 nights
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Explore Brig's surroundings by going to Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald), Hangebrucke Furgangen-Muhlebach (in Ernen) and Rhone Glacier (in Gletsch). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, make a trip to Simplon Pass, hit the slopes at Riederalp, and explore the historical opulence of Stockalper Palace.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Brig trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Montreux to Brig by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Brig, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, get great views at Gornergrat, and hike along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Brig to Zermatt in 1.5 hours. Other options are to ride a tram; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Bern

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Bern is known for museums, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and get outside with Elfenau.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Bern online trip planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental

— 4 nights
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lenk im Simmental: Nature Park Blausee (in Blausee-Mitholz), Trottiland (in Adelboden) and Gemmi Pass (in Kandersteg). There's still lots to do: have fun at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, take in the dramatic scenery at Iffigfall, get great views at Lauenensee, and get in on the family fun at Happyland.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental online trip maker.

Drive from Bern to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Bern, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lenk im Simmental, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Schynige Platte (in Wilderswil) and Wengen (Molitor & Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and hit the slopes at Maennlichen.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip planning app.

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more) and Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG (in Beckenried). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, make a trip to Kornmarkt, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner.

Getting from Grindelwald to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 17th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, then get outside with Seealpsee, and then make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Old Town Chur, then explore the activities along Caumasee, and then take some stellar pictures from Aussichtsplattform Il Spir Conn.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip planner.

Getting from Lucerne to Appenzell by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.