36 days in Switzerland Itinerary

36 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland vacation planner

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Geneva
— 5 nights
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Montreux
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Lucerne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Geneva

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Parc Jura vaudois (in Saint-George) and Roman Columns (in Nyon). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planner.

Chennai, India to Geneva is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Chennai to Geneva, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Chennai in December: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Montreux

— 4 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Montreux: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Le Port d'Ouchy, &more), HouseTrap (in Bulle) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and stroll around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip itinerary website.

Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Bern

— 5 nights

City of Bears

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 Thunersee (in Thun), Interlaken (Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Via Ferrata (in Murren). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and make a trip to Bundesplatz.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Bern travel route tool.

Drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Blumental Panorama Trail (in Murren) and Wengen (Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway & Molitor). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, and hike along The Eiger.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald journey planner.

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 6 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more), Munot (in Schaffhausen) and Titlis (in Engelberg). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, fly like a bird with Paragliding Luzern, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Lucerne sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Appenzell: Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Witzweg). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, test your team's savvy at Escape Company St. Gallen, Head underground at Die WildkirchliHoehlen, and examine the collection at Museum Appenzell.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Appenzell trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Appenzell takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Appenzell to Zermatt. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.