49 days in Switzerland Itinerary

49 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip itinerary planner

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Zurich
— 7 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 8 nights
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Lenk im Simmental
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald
— 6 nights
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Bern
— 8 nights
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Geneva
— 10 nights
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Zurich

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Jesuitenkirche, The Rosengart Collection, &more), Gesslerburg (in Kuessnacht am Rigi) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 2 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, make a trip to Kirchturm Heiden, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and finally look for gifts at Flauderei. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 8 nights
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, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, fly down the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take in the awesome beauty at Castor Mountain, and have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt attractions website.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zermatt takes 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Lenk im Simmental

— 6 nights
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Explore Lenk im Simmental's surroundings by going to Niesen (in Muelenen), Adelboden (Tschentenalp, Trummer Woodcarving, &more) and Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake, get great views at Lauenensee, take in the awesome beauty at Alprundweg Leiterli, and ski along the peaceful trails at Adrenalin Skischule Lenk.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lenk im Simmental road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Lenk im Simmental takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 6 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 a short trip to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald itinerary builder site.

Drive from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bern

— 8 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Interlaken (Heidi's Photo Chalet, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Thun (The Central Church Of Thun & Thunersee). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Bern trip builder.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Geneva

— 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Roman Columns (in Nyon), Escape Center by EscapeWorld (in Morges) and Lausanne (Laser Game Evolution Lausanne, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and engage your brain at CERN.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 7th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

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.