29 days in Switzerland Itinerary

29 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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29 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Geneva
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Brisbane

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mont Saleve and Rochers-de-Naye. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Place de la Palud, Le Port d'Ouchy, & more), Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, make a trip to Broken Chair Sculpture, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Geneva road trip website .

Brisbane, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brisbane in September, expect nights in Geneva to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are slightly colder, around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Montreux, Chateau de Chillon, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Mont Saleve ©
Mont Saleve
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sunnegga and Hinterdorfstrasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Chateau de Tourbillon (in Sion), Grande Dixence (in Heremence) and Simplon Pass (in Brig). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Gornergrat, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take a memorable drive along Great St. Bernard Pass, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zermatt road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Tourbillon, Simplon Pass, Great St. Bernard Pass, Grande Dixence
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step off the beaten path and head to Aare River and Creux du Van. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Thunersee (in Thun), Basel (Jean Tinguely Museum, Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, & more) and Bern Bridge (in Fribourg). There's much more to do: walk around Gurten, explore the activities along Lac de Neuchatel, admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, and take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern visit planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 2.5 hours. September in Bern sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Basel, Neuchatel, Thunersee, Museum HR Giger, Bern Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Gurten ©
Gurten
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Eiger Trail and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg) and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald online visit planner .

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

3
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Muottas Muragl and Bernina Pass. Get out of town with these interesting St. Moritz side-trips: Caumasee (in Flims), Val Roseg (in Pontresina) and Museum Bravuogn (in Bergun). There's still lots to do: get great views at Diavolezza, explore the activities along Lake of Staz (Lej da Staz), stroll through Piz Nair, and explore the striking landscape at Morteratsch Glacier.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Moritz day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to St. Moritz takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in St. Moritz are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pontresina, Bernina Pass, Caumasee, Ortsmuseum Bravuogn
Highlights from your plan
Muottas Muragl ©
Muottas Muragl
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lake Brienz and The Nine Towers. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Town Hall, & more), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip maker app .

Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, Zurich is a bit warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Stiftsbibliothek, Rhine Falls, Aare Gorge, Lake Brienz
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

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