23 days in Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich
— 4 nights
2
Appenzell
— 3 nights
3
Zermatt
— 5 nights
4
Geneva
— 3 nights
5
Bern
— 3 nights
6
Grindelwald
— 4 nights

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Old Town and Limmatquai make great kid-friendly stops. Museum Rietberg and FIFA World Football Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Jesuitenkirche (in Lucerne), Pilatus Luzern (in Kriens) and Glasi Hergiswil (in Hergiswil). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Niederdorf, admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten, don't miss a visit to Buerkliplatz, and steep yourself in history at Lenin Apartment Zurich.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Zurich. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Glasi Hergiswil
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Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil
Pilatus Luzern ©
Pilatus Luzern
Limmatquai ©
Limmatquai

3
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kunstmuseum Appenzell and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte. Get outdoors at Appenzeller Badi and Strandbad Arbon. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Saurer Museum (in Arbon) and Fort Heldsberg (in St. Margrethen). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurenzen, make a trip to Landsgemeindeplatz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Appenzell route builder website.

Getting from Zurich to Appenzell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Appenzell, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arbon, Urnaesch, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Landsgemeindeplatz, St. Laurenzen
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Museum Appenzell ©
Museum Appenzell
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz
Saurer Museum ©
Saurer Museum

5
nights
Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some historical perspective at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta". Bring the kids along to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Parasailing & Paragliding. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Lens (Fondation Opale & Fondation Pierre Arnaud), Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne (in Bramois) and Le Musee Des Bisses (in Ayent). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, stroll through Trockener Steg, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oberrothorn.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip builder.

Explore your travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lens, Ermitage Notre-Dame de Longeborgne, Le Musee Des Bisses
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

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.
Bring the kids along to International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Musee Ariana. Museum-lovers will appreciate Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve and Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, and take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Geneva route maker tool.

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In October in Geneva, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vieux-Carouge
Highlights from your plan
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Notre Dame Basilica ©
Notre Dame Basilica

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll explore and learn at Museum of Communication and Museum of Natural History of Bern. Explore hidden gems such as The Cathedral of Bern and Aare River. Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Tierpark Dahlholzli, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), wander the streets of Matte, and make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Bern sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Museum of Communication ©
Museum of Communication
Tierpark Dahlholzli ©
Tierpark Dahlholzli

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Maennlichen and Allmendhubel. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Via Ferrata and Kleine Scheidegg. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Faulhorn, hike along Lieselotte Trail, stroll through Felix Weg, and fly down the slopes at Bodmi Arena.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald itinerary planner.

Getting from Bern to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Murren, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Faulhorn ©
Faulhorn
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata

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