47 days in Switzerland Itinerary

47 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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47 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Murren
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Interlaken
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Engelberg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Zurich
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
7
Bern
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Grindelwald
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Neuhausen am Rheinfall
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Lucerne
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Portland

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Montreux (Rochers-de-Naye, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, & more), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Lausanne (Sauvabelin Tower, Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saleve, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Geneva online trip planner .

Portland, USA to Geneva is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Montreux, Le Bouveret, Grottes de Vallorbe, Vieille ville
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Room Escape Games
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc

4
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 scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, stroll through Murmelweg Wanderung, and explore the activities along Stellisee.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt road trip planning website .

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

2
nights
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the awesome beauty at Allmendhubel, don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then trek along Via Ferrata.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Murren visit planning app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Murren takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Oeschinen Lake, Jungfraujoch
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Giessbachfälle (in Brienz) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). And it doesn't end there: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken holiday planning tool .

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Murren. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Brienz, Schynige Platte, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken ©

3
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Explore Engelberg's surroundings by going to Andermatt (Suworow-Denkmal & Teufelsbrucke), Fronalpstock (in Stoos) and St Gotthard Pass (in Airolo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Titlis, don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Trubsee, and snap pictures at Titlis Cliff Walk.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Engelberg trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Interlaken to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Andermatt, Furka Pass, Fronalpstock, St Gotthard Pass
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
St Gotthard Pass ©
St Gotthard Pass

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with a short trip to Santis der Berg in Urnaesch (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Engelberg to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Santis der Berg, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Uetliberg Mountain ©
Uetliberg Mountain

7
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, look for all kinds of wild species at Creux du Van, admire the sheer force of Sibe Brunne, and admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bern attractions planner.

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Chaplin's World, Thunersee, Gruyeres Castle, Freddie Mercury Statue
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne
Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Axalp (in Brienz) and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and stroll through Grosse Scheidegg.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Axalp, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
Highlights from your plan
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

3
nights
Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Neuhausen am Rheinfall ©
Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
Get out of town with these interesting Neuhausen am Rheinfall side-trips: Swiss Science Center Technorama (in Winterthur), Witzweg (in Heiden) and Santispark (in Abtwil). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, explore the historical opulence of Munot, and pause for some photo ops at Broderbrunnen.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Neuhausen am Rheinfall attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Neuhausen am Rheinfall takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Neuhausen am Rheinfall sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Schaffhausen, St. Gallen, Appenzell, Swiss Science Center Technorama, Witzweg
Highlights from your plan
Munot ©
Munot
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
Swiss Science Center Technorama

3
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Pilatus. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, get outside with Sonnenberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Astrid-Kapelle, and admire the landmark architecture of Markuskirche.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne travel route app .

Getting from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 59°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Astrid-Kapelle
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Rigi ©
Rigi

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