44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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44 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Arusha
+2
Fly + bus + train:  18​h 15​min
1
Zermatt
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Geneva
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
La Chaux-de-Fonds
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bern
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Grindelwald
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zurich
— 8 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Arusha

6
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Popular historic sites such as Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Fondation Pierre Arnaud. Venture out of the city with trips to Cave La Romaine (in Flanthey), Crans-Montana (Art'Collections Museum & Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre) and Fondation Opale (in Lens). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, tee off at Golf Club Matterhorn, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee".

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt attractions planning website .

Arusha, Tanzania to Zermatt is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Arusha to Zermatt due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Raron, Lens, Crans-Montana, Parc naturel Pfyn-Finge, Cave La Romaine
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Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

6
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.
Visit Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and Maison Tavel for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Patek Philippe Museum and House of Basketball. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Lausanne (Place de la Palud, Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more), Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry) and Chevalley Vineyards (in St-Saphorin-Lavaux). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva attractions planning website .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chevalley Vineyards, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, l'Arboretum National du Vallon de l'Aubonne, House of Basketball
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

4
nights
La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Chaux-de-Fonds ©
La Chaux-de-Fonds is a Swiss city of the district of La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel. Get a sense of the local culture at Watch Museum of Le Locle and Musee d'Histoire Naturelle. Appreciate the collections at Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from La Chaux-de-Fonds: Rochers des Sommetres (in Muriaux), Etangs de Bonfol (in Bonfol) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Fondation Pour le Cheval, examine the collection at International Museum of Watches, and take in the exciting artwork at Caractere, atelier galerie bijoux et objets contemporains.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the La Chaux-de-Fonds attractions planning website .

Getting from Geneva to La Chaux-de-Fonds by car takes about 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Geneva in October: high temperatures in La Chaux-de-Fonds hover around 15°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in La Chaux-de-Fonds

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Le Locle, Neuchatel, Gorges de l'Areuse, Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel, Rochers des Sommetres
Highlights from your plan
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Watch Museum of Le Locle ©
Watch Museum of Le Locle

8
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Chateau de Chillon and Kindermuseum Creaviva are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Chaplin's World and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Pisciculture de la Gruyere (in Neirivue), Musée de Montreux (in Montreux) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's much more to do: let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History of Bern, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Bern, and get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern road trip site .

You can drive from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Bern in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Basel, Castle of Gruyeres, Verenaschlucht, Musée de Montreux, Chaplin's World
Highlights from your plan
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

5
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grindelwald Museum and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Visit Kleine Scheidegg and Lauterbrunnen Church for their historical value. Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to Axalp (in Brienz) and 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn (in Murren). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take a stroll through Alpiglen, and stroll through Grindelwald-First.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, Axalp
Highlights from your plan
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg
Grindelwald Museum ©
Grindelwald Museum

4
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kunstmuseum Appenzell and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Appenzell and Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Alp Flix (in Sur) and Arosa Barenland (in Arosa). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, look for gifts at Flauderei, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church.

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You can drive from Grindelwald to Appenzell in 3.5 hours. October in Appenzell sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Landsgemeindeplatz, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Alp Flix, Fort Heldsberg
Highlights from your plan
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Landsgemeindeplatz ©
Landsgemeindeplatz
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte

8
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Visit Old Town and Grossmunster for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Schachmuseum (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Biosphaere Entlebuch, & more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, contemplate the long history of Zunfthaus zur Meisen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

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You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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