22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Lausanne
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fribourg
— 1 night
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 1 night
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Lucerne
— 2 nights
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Appenzell
— 1 night
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Zurich
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Zermatt
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Geneva

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then stroll around Le Jardin Anglais.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Geneva day trip planning website.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Geneva is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Jakarta to Geneva. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in December: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Childrens Museums

Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, admire all the interesting features of Lake Geneva Marine (Genfersee Schifffahrt), then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Lausanne

— 2 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at AQUATIS Aquarium-Vivarium Lausanne, and then admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lausanne online visit planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Lausanne in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 16th (Thu), you're off to Fribourg.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Fribourg

— 1 night
The canton of Fribourg is located in western Switzerland. On the 16th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, then snap pictures at Bern Bridge, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'histoire naturelle.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Fribourg driving holiday planning app.

You can drive from Lausanne to Fribourg in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Fribourg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Bern.

Things to do in Fribourg

Historic Sites · Museums

Bern

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally walk around Gurten.

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Bern is just a short distance from Fribourg. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Basel

— 1 night
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basel Minster.

To find photos and other tourist information, read our Basel trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Lucerne

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 20th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and then take in panoramic vistas at Hammetschwand Lift. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Mt Pilatus, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Appenzell

— 1 night
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 22nd (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Appenzell trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Appenzell takes 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online day trip planner.

Getting from Appenzell to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zermatt.

Things to do in Zurich

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Highlights from your trip

Zermatt

— 5 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Saas-Fee (Ice Pavilion, Saas Fee Ski Resort, &more). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours

Side Trip

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Zurich by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.