30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Basel
— 5 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Basel Minster and Matthauskirche are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fondation Beyeler and Augusta Raurica. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Saint-Ursanne (Porte St-Pierre, Cloitre de St-Ursanne, &more), Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach) and Tour de Milandre (in Boncourt). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Wartenberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga di Basilea, pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Mariastein, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Basel holiday planner.

Exeter, UK to Basel is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Exeter to Basel, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

2
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Appenzell

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 7th (Wed), admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, get into the urban bustle at Pfalzkeller, then steep yourself in history at Landsgemeindeplatz, and finally trek along Witzweg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, stop by Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp, then hike along Lillyweg, and finally see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Appenzell planner.

Drive from Basel to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trips

5
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Zurich

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Lake Zurich and Mt Pilatus will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Lucerne (Rigi & Chapel Bridge). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, take a stroll through Niederdorf, browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

Getting from Appenzell to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

4
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Bern

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ambra Minerals and Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Skydive Switzerland (in Interlaken), Hightide Kayak School (in Boenigen) and Creux du Van (in Gorgier). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station, make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bern planning site.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Bern are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Shopping

Side Trips

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Grindelwald

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and finally glide through the air with Airtime Paragliding.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald road trip tool.

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

4
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Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Castor Mountain. Get a sense of the local culture at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Mountaineers' Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, take a memorable tour with Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt Bergbahnen AG.

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Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

3
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Montreux

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get outdoors at Ski Service and Bruson Ski Area. Do some cultural sightseeing at Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Change things up with these side-trips from Montreux: Premier Alpine Centre SA (in Nendaz) and Karting Extreme Verbier (in Verbier). There's much more to do: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, take in the exciting artwork at Plexus Art Gallery, and learn about winemaking at Alain Chollet Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Montreux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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Geneva

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.
Visiting Lake Geneva and Centre Geneve de Vol Libre – Paradelta will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery and RUINE Galerie. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier (in Bougy-Villars) and Prangins Castle (in Prangins). There's lots more to do: get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner.

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.