21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25​h
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lenk im Simmental
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Geneva day trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get much colder in Geneva: highs are around 11°C and lows about 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Zermatt trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Winter Sports Classes
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

2
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hit the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, then make a trip to Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Skigebiet Metsch, and finally stop by Trummer Woodcarving. Keep things going the next day: have fun at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alprundweg Leiterli, and then admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lenk im Simmental trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Lenk im Simmental. In December, daytime highs in Lenk im Simmental are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Trummer Woodcarving, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Highlights from your plan
Alprundweg Leiterli ©
Alprundweg Leiterli
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG ©
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and hit the slopes at Maennlichen.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip site .

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
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, shopping, childrens museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, head outdoors with Elfenau, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Bern vacation planner .

Drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraum√ľnster Church.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel route planner.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Parasailing & Paragliding
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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