34 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

34 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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34 days in Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

Start: Bangkok, Thailand
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
1
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Train:  3​h 15​min
6
Paris, France
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Bangkok, Thailand

3
nights
Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kunstmuseum Appenzell and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte. Get some cultural insight at St Mauritius Church and Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp (in Schwagalp) and Henry Dunant Museum (in Heiden). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, contemplate the long history of Landsgemeindeplatz, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Appenzell tour planning website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Appenzell is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Appenzell due to the time zone difference. In December, Appenzell is cooler than Bangkok - with highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp, Landsgemeindeplatz, Henry Dunant Museum, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR
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Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz
St Mauritius Church ©
St Mauritius Church

7
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and ARTBOX.GALLERYfor some retail therapy. Visit Old Town and Grossmunster for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Schachmuseum (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Markuskirche). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and see the interesting displays at Zurich James Joyce Foundation.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

5
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald Museum and Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" and Lauterbrunnen Church for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Zermatt (Gornergrat, The Matterhorn, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch, wander the streets of Alpiglen, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and hike along The Eiger Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald trip maker site .

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Grindelwald Museum ©
Grindelwald Museum

6
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Schweizerisches . For shopping fun, head to SOON Galerie or Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Lotschberg Base Tunnel (in Frutigen) and Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, stop by Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse, get into the urban bustle at Haus der Religionen - Dialog der Kulturen, and explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip site .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skigebiet Metsch, Lotschberg Base Tunnel
Highlights from your plan
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Klingendes Museum ©
Klingendes Museum

4
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Eglise de Saint-Sulpice. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, learn about winemaking at Domaine Les Perrieres, explore the activities along Lake Geneva, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva tour planning site .

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Domaine Les Perrieres, Chateau de Chillon, Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, House of Basketball
Highlights from your plan
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon

8
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris trip planner .

You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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