23 days in Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland travel route planner

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Bern
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 4 nights
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 3 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Thunersee (in Thun), Ambra Minerals (in Murten) and Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Aare River, make a trip to Mosesbrunnen, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Phoenix, USA to Bern is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Phoenix to Bern due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Phoenix in September, with highs in Bern at 68°F and lows at 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 4 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn, and fly down the slopes at Maennlichen.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, Lake Zurich, &more), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Sackelamtshusli (in Schaffhausen). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne route planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with a short trip to Kirchturm Heiden in Heiden (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and Head underground at Die WildkirchliHoehlen.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Appenzell online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Appenzell takes 2 hours. September in Appenzell sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 3 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, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Zermatt online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Geneva

— 4 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.
Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Palais de Justice de Montbenon). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, walk around Parc Des Bastions, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Childrens Museums

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.