30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Geneva
— 5 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Zermatt
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h
3
Interlaken
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Lucerne
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
St. Moritz
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Basel
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Chicago

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Lakeside Promenade Fleuri and Mont Saleve. Venture out of the city with trips to Neuchatel (Creux du Van & Caractere, atelier galerie bijoux et objets contemporains), Montreux (Freddie Mercury Statue, Queen Studio Experience, &more) and Lausanne (Musee Cantonal d'Archeologie et d'Histoire, Collection de l'Art Brut, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Geneva tour builder tool .

Chicago, USA to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, expect nights in Geneva to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Ski Service. Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Tourbillon (in Sion), The Bex Salt Mines (in Bex) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip website .

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Tourbillon, Ski Service, The Bex Salt Mines, Fondation Pierre Gianadda
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Ski Service ©
Ski Service

5
nights
Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and The Cathedral of Bern. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Gurten (in Bern), Thunersee (in Thun) and Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Interlaken online trip builder .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Bern, HR Giger Museum, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Thunersee, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Gurten ©
Gurten
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

5
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stiftsbibliothek and The Nine Towers. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Lake Zurich, Fraum√ľnster Church, &more) and Titlis Cliff Walk (in Engelberg). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip builder app .

Drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Stiftsbibliothek, Titlis Cliff Walk
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

4
nights
St. Moritz

St. Moritz ©
St.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Diavolezza and Piz Corvatsch. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Moritz: Val Roseg (in Pontresina), Caumasee (in Flims) and Taminabruecke (in Pfaefers Dorf). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Muottas Muragl, explore the activities along Lake St. Moritz, wander the streets of Old Town Chur, and get great views at Piz Nair.

To find other places to visit, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our St. Moritz trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lucerne in April; daily highs in St. Moritz reach 12°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Pontresina, Taminabruecke, Caumasee, Old Town Chur
Highlights from your plan
Lake St. Moritz ©
Lake St. Moritz
Piz Corvatsch ©
Piz Corvatsch
Diavolezza ©
Diavolezza

4
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fondation Beyeler and Basel's Old Town. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Solothurn (Baseltor & St. Ursenkathedrale). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum, make a trip to Spalen Gate, admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Aussichtsturm Schleifenberg.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Basel visit site .

Getting from St. Moritz to Basel by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from St. Moritz in April, things will get a bit warmer in Basel: highs are around 19°C and lows about 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Solothurn, Aussichtsturm Schleifenberg, Fondation Beyeler, Wehrkirche St. Arbogast
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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