31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Titlis (in Engelberg), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich visit app .

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 flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zurich is minus 9 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Zurich reach 30°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
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: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Seealpsee, trek along Eggen-Hohenweg, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kronberg.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Appenzell itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Seealpsee, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Landsgemeindeplatz
Highlights from your plan
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Seealpsee ©
Seealpsee
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg

5
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: grab a seat and go on Gornergrat, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, and trek along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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 find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Geneva holiday planning site .

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In July in Geneva, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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 Giessbachfälle in Brienz (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Grindelwald trip planning website .

Drive from Geneva to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Giessbachfälle, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

6
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Sigriswil (Panoramabrucke Sigriswil & Panorama Rundweg Thunersee), Adelboden (in Adelboden) and Thunersee (in Thun). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Aare River, appreciate the history behind Barenpark, get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigriswil, Thun, Adelboden
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

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