31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bern
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Zermatt
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Houston

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva driving holiday planner .

Houston, USA to Geneva is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Houston in October; daily highs in Geneva reach 61°F and lows reach 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Thunersee (in Thun). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and examine the collection at Klingende Sammlung.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Bern online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October in Bern, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Thunersee, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

5
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Wengen to see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Jungfraujoch, explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

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 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, get interesting insight from Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Murmelweg Wanderung, and enjoy breathtaking views from Schynige Platte.

Before you visit Zermatt, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School
Schynige Platte ©
Schynige Platte

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: Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Witzweg (in Heiden). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Seealpsee, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and trek along Eggen-Hohenweg.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Appenzell trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Appenzell. Expect a daytime high around 58°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Landsgemeindeplatz, Eggen-Hohenweg, Seealpsee, Witzweg
Highlights from your plan
Seealpsee ©
Seealpsee
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

6
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: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Mt Pilatus, & more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the striking features of Bibliothek Rechtswissenschaftliches Institut, get your game on at Virtual Reality Center, and take a stroll through Old Town.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip tool .

Getting from Appenzell to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Zurich are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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