33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

33 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 3 nights
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Lucerne
— 5 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Wengen
— 2 nights
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Gstaad
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Zurich

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will enjoy Lake Zurich and Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen (in Diessenhofen) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), meet the residents at Zoo Zurich, and stroll through Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip tool.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. In July, Zurich is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Take a break from Appenzell with a short trip to Kirchturm Heiden in Heiden, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Seealpsee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Laurenzen, explore the fascinating underground world of Die WildkirchliHoehlen, and see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Appenzell are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Family-friendly places like Lake Lucerne and Chapel Bridge will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Appenzell to Lucerne in 2 hours. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Bern

— 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Harderkulm (in Interlaken). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Aare River, admire the local landmark of Vennerbrunnen, take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bern trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Lucerne to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Wetterhorn. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at First Cliff Walk by Tissot, then look for gifts at Vogts Corner, then trek along The Eiger, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to do a combination of to Wengen.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Wengen

— 2 nights
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): hike along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then look for gifts at Molitor.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Wengen road trip planner.

Wengen is just a stone's throw from Grindelwald. In August in Wengen, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Gstaad.

Things to do in Wengen

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Gstaad

— 4 nights
Gstaad is a village in the German-speaking section of the Canton of Bern in southwestern Switzerland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like VerticAlp Emosson and Zoo Et Piscine des Marecottes. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gstaad: Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum), Les Gorges du Durnand (in Bovernier) and Lac d'Emosson (in Salvan). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lac de Salanfe, hike along Galeries Defago, admire the sheer force of Sibe Brunne, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gstaad trip itinerary maker site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Wengen to Gstaad. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Gstaad

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Family-friendly places like Gornergrat and The Matterhorn will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Alpine Trails (in Visp), Gommer Hohenweg (in Bellwald) and Chemin Pedestre de la Rampe Sud du Lotschberg (in Brig). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, hike along Murmelweg Wanderung, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner.

You can drive from Gstaad to Zermatt in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva

— 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Lake Geneva and Le Jardin Anglais make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Lausanne (Palais de Justice de Montbenon & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). Next up on the itinerary: admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, and walk around Parc Des Bastions.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.