22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Geneva
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bern
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Meiringen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  23​h 45​min
End: Sydney

3
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.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de St-Pierre. Museum-lovers will get to explore Patek Philippe Museum and Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Cathedrale de Lausanne (in Lausanne). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring at Lake Geneva. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Penthes, take an in-depth tour of Maison Tavel, and don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip maker app .

Sydney, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Geneva due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Kleine Scheidegg and Intercontinental Church Society. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen), The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Hohematte Park). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Gornergrat, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, get outside with Monta Rosa Hutte, and pause for some serene contemplation at Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle, Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch, Kleine Scheidegg
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some historical perspective at Castle of Gruyeres and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kindermuseum Creaviva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and shop like a local with SOON Galerie.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip builder app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 2.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Meiringen.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Gruyeres Castle
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Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle

1
night
Meiringen

Meiringen ©
Meiringen is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge, then get great views at Alpbachschlucht, then see the interesting displays at Sherlock Holmes Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Restiturm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Meiringen day trip site .

Traveling by car from Bern to Meiringen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Meiringen sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Meiringen

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Restiturm ©
Restiturm
Sherlock Holmes Museum ©
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Alpbachschlucht ©
Alpbachschlucht

2
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, examine the collection at Museum of Appenzell Customs, then admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and finally don't miss a visit to Landsgemeindeplatz. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, then see the interesting displays at Zeughaus Teufen, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bleicheli Stadtlounge.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Appenzell online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Meiringen to Appenzell takes 3 hours. In October in Appenzell, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Landsgemeindeplatz, Zeughaus Teufen, Bleicheli Stadtlounge, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR
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Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town (Altstadt) and Friedhof Sihlfeld. Swiss National Museum and Zurich Toy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Hofkirche, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich online day trip planner .

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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