38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Bus + Fly:  12 h 30 min
1
Geneva
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Bern
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Grindelwald
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Lugano
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Zurich
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  12 h 15 min
End: Washington DC

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Swiss Vapeur Parc and Bains des Paquis. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard (in Finhaut), Palace of Justice (in Lausanne) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, kick back and relax at Plage de Port-Choiseul, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Geneva sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Geneva to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard, Chateau de Chillon, Palace of Justice, Swiss Vapeur Parc
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard ©
Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard

7
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Premier Alpine Centre SA and Maison De La Nature. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip app .

Take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Premier Alpine Centre SA, Maison De La Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Maison De La Nature ©
Maison De La Nature
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

7
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kids will enjoy Seilpark Interlaken and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Musee Suisse du Jeu (in La Tour-de-Peilz) and Eglise Notre Dame (in Vevey). And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, make a splash at Bernaqua | Water Park | Fitness | Wellness, and explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bern journey builder website .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Fun & Games

Side Trips

Interlaken, Freddie Mercury Statue, Eglise Notre Dame, Tropiquarium de Servion, Musee Suisse du Jeu
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Tierpark Dahlholzli ©
Tierpark Dahlholzli
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

6
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Murren (007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn & Blumental Panorama Trail). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and trek along The Eiger.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lugano.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Schynige Platte, Oeschinen Lake
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

5
nights
Lugano

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Attractions like Falconeria Locarno and Lido Locarno make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio (in Meride), Lac de Claus (in Sedrun) and Campanile di Intragna (in Intragna). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Tamaro, kick back and relax at Lido San Domenico, see the interesting displays at Galleria Baumgartner, and get in on the family fun at Goldeneye Bungy Jump.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lugano takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Lugano, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Locarno, Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, Monte Tamaro, Galleria Baumgartner, Swissminiatur
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Falconeria Locarno ©
Falconeria Locarno
Monte Tamaro ©
Monte Tamaro
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio ©
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio

7
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Zoo Zurich and Hallenbad Altstetten make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Town Hall, Lion Monument, &more) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). The adventure continues: make a splash at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, stop by pure & tasty WESTGARDE AG, and take in panoramic vistas at Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Lugano to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lugano in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 78°F and lows are around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucerne, Seebad Eich
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Swimming Pools Unter Letten ©
Swimming Pools Unter Letten

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