38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland journey maker

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Geneva
— 7 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald
— 7 nights
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Lucerne
— 10 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Geneva

— 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Dunedin, New Zealand to Geneva is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 11 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fondation Opale (in Lens), Saas-Fee (Ice Pavilion, Saas Fee Ski Resort, &more) and Walliser Alpentherme & Spa Leukerbad (in Leukerbad). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip app.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 7 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Riederalp (in Riederalp). There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and wander the streets of Alpiglen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald day trip site.

Getting from Zermatt to Grindelwald by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 10 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Titlis (in Engelberg), Forum of Swiss History Schwyz (in Schwyz) and Bergbahnen Disentis (in Disentis). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Lucerne are 7°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Step out of Zurich with an excursion to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, walk around Lindenhofplatz, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip builder app.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

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.