27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25 h
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bern
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Appenzell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Zurich
— 7 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Sydney

2
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.
Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva online vacation planner .

Sydney, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In September, daytime highs in Geneva are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

4
nights
Bern

Bern
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thunersee (in Thun), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, and take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner .

Getting from Geneva to Bern by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in September, Bern is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Thunersee, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, Chaplin's World
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Aare River
Aare River
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen (about 1h 05 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Grindelwald driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Gornergrat, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, and hike along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Zermatt visit planning site .

You can take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

3
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Seealpsee, appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz, stop by Cafe-Confiserie Laimbacher, and trek along Eggen-Hohenweg.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Appenzell travel website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Appenzell. In October, daytime highs in Appenzell are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Kronberg, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Eggen-Hohenweg, Hoher Kasten
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Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Seealpsee ©
Seealpsee
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg

7
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi) and Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, The Nine Towers, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take some stellar pictures from Rhine Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Astrid-Kapelle, Rhine Falls, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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