41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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41 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Geneva
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lausanne
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
3
Montreux
— 10 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Lenk im Simmental
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Murren
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Brienz
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
10
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
11
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
End: Munich

3
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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, fun & games, childrens museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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

Los Angeles, USA to Geneva is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in September, things will get slightly colder in Geneva: highs are around 70°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Musee du Tram, identify plant and animal life at Creux du Van, then take a tour of La Suisse Steam paddle boat., and finally make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lausanne tour planner .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Musee du Tram, Creux du Van
Highlights from your plan
Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

10
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Martigny (Fondation Pierre Gianadda & Pont de la Batiaz), Glacier 3000 (in Les Diablerets) and La Chapelle Balthus (in Rossiniere). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip maker .

Montreux is just a stone's throw from Lausanne. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vevey, Gruyeres, Le Bouveret, Sion, Martigny
Highlights from your plan
Rochers-de-Naye ©
Rochers-de-Naye
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from Bern with a short trip to Thunersee in Thun, about 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus).

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planner .

Getting from Montreux to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. October in Bern sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thunersee
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

2
nights
Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 14th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. On the next day, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche.

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Traveling by car from Bern to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): explore the activities along Derborence Lake and then stroll through Gemmi Pass. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile, fly down the slopes at Wispile, and then steep yourself in history at Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental trip planner .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Gstaad, Derborence Lake, Gemmi Pass
Highlights from your plan
Gemmi Pass ©
Gemmi Pass
Derborence Lake ©
Derborence Lake
Wispile ©
Wispile

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie".

Take the guesswork out of planning a Zermatt vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

2
nights
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg and then explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Murren visit website .

Take a train from Zermatt to Murren in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Brienz.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Oeschinen Lake
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

2
nights
Brienz

Brienz ©
With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Lake Brienz, take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, and then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alpbachschlucht.

Start your trip to Brienz by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Take a train from Murren to Brienz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Brienz, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Brienz

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Meiringen, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald to go to Wengen and see Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: hike along The Eiger Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Brienz to Grindelwald in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Bachalpsee Lake ©
Bachalpsee Lake

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Altstadt Luzern, make a trip to The Nine Towers, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in October, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder app .

You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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