24 days in Switzerland Itinerary

24 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip itinerary planner

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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 1 night
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Basel
— 3 nights
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Bern
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Zurich

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Hofkirche are in your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Zurich and Rigi. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Chapel Bridge) and Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, don't miss a visit to Niederdorf, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip tool.

Durban, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Durban in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 17°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 1 night
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Lillyweg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Appenzell trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Basel.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basel

— 3 nights
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.
Visit Basel Minster and Dom von Arlesheim for their historical value. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Etangs de Bonfol (in Bonfol), Saint-Ursanne (Porte St-Pierre, Cloitre de St-Ursanne, &more) and Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthauskirche, explore the ancient world of Augusta Raurica, steep yourself in history at Ermitage, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Mariastein.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Basel trip planner.

You can drive from Appenzell to Basel in 2.5 hours. In April in Basel, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Creux du Van. The Cathedral of Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Jeunes Rives (in Neuchatel), Sportbahnen Marbachegg AG (in Marbach) and Spas (in Biel). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Bern planning site.

Getting from Basel to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bern are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 13th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and then stop by Vogts Corner.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald day trip app.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 3 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Popular historic sites such as Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Trockener Steg. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, explore the activities along Pollux, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Premier Alpine Centre SA (in Nendaz) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Cloitre, and go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux itinerary planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Archeological Site at St. Pierre's Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, learn about winemaking at Domaine Les Perrieres, relax and rejuvenate at Suksawat Thai Center, and examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Geneva, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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.