28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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28 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zurich is minus 9 hours. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Sydney in January, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

3
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Kirchturm Heiden (in Heiden). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kronberg, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Appenzell online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Zurich to Appenzell by car takes about 1.5 hours. January in Appenzell sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, Kirchturm Heiden, Cathedral
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Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Kronberg ©
Kronberg

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 nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and trek along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt road trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

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.
On the 15th (Wed), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then make a trip to The Flower Clock, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Geneva vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lenk im Simmental: Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen), Trummer Woodcarving (in Adelboden) and Lauenensee (in Lauenen). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, stroll through Skigebiet Betelberg, and hike along Alprundweg Leiterli.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lenk im Simmental day trip site .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Lenk im Simmental takes 3 hours. In January, Lenk im Simmental is slightly colder than Geneva - with highs of 1°C and lows of -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, Lauenensee, Trummer Woodcarving
Highlights from your plan
Trummer Woodcarving ©
Trummer Woodcarving
Lauenensee ©
Lauenensee
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke

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.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at Maennlichen, take some stellar pictures from Bergrestaurant Aellfluh, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald online trip planner .

Drive from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Basel Minster (in Basel). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

Plan trip to Bern with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basel Minster, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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