46 days in Switzerland Itinerary

46 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland visit planner

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Schaffhausen
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Schaffhausen
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Montreux
— 5 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Bern
— 7 nights
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
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Lucerne
— 8 nights
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Schaffhausen

— 4 nights
The Canton of Schaffhausen is a canton of Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Schaffhausen: Biberweg (in Eglisau), Ebianum Baggermuseum & Events (in Fisibach) and Klingnauer Stausee (in Klingnau). And it doesn't end there: take some stellar pictures from Rhine Falls, have fun and explore at Historisches Museum Thurgau, don't miss a visit to Traegerverein Cheisacherturm, and take in the pleasant sights at Sackelamtshusli.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Schaffhausen online tour itinerary builder.

Kelowna, Canada to Schaffhausen is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. April in Schaffhausen sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Schaffhausen

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 5 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Witzweg (in Heiden), Kirche St. Karl Borromaus (in Oberriet) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, trek along Lillyweg, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Appenzell holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Schaffhausen to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of Zermatt to go to Graechen and see Zauberwasser, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt visit planner.

Drive from Appenzell to Zermatt in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Montreux

— 5 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: Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres), Parc de l'Independance (in Morges) and Lausanne (Le Port d'Ouchy, Parc de Mon Repos, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, stroll around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, and appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

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Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Geneva

— 6 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: Le Sentier Des Toblerones (in Bassins), Orchidarium (in Prangins) and Nyon (Roman Columns & Chateau de Nyon). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, cool off at Bains des Paquis, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais.

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You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bern

— 7 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 Thun (Schadau Park & Thunersee), Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). The adventure continues: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, and enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bern day trip planner.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's lots more to do: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 8 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Ruetli (in Seelisberg), Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Lake Zurich, &more) and Titlis (in Engelberg). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip builder.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Museums · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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.