49 days in Switzerland Itinerary

49 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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49 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 8 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Grindelwald
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bern
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
7
Basel
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto

9
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Lake Lucerne, & more), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Titlis (in Engelberg). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), see the interesting displays at Zurich James Joyce Foundation, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip tool .

Toronto, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Zurich, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Titlis, Rhine Falls
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Titlis ©
Titlis

5
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kunstmuseum Appenzell and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte. Let the collections at Museum Appenzell and Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Heididorf (in Maienfeld), Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp (in Schwagalp) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, steep yourself in history at Pfalzkeller, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, and explore the activities along Caumasee.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Appenzell online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. August in Appenzell sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Urnaesch, Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp, Zeughaus Teufen, Taminabruecke
Highlights from your plan
Museum Appenzell ©
Museum Appenzell
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte

8
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Sion (Valere Basilica & Chateau de Tourbillon), Spas (in Leukerbad) and Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Chandolin). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour the pleasant surroundings at Murmelweg Wanderung, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zermatt driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Appenzell to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sion, Spas, Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Geneva and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Vieille ville (in Cossonay), Lausanne (Fondation de l'Hermitage, Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more) and Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) (in Saint Sulpice). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Geneva day trip planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Montreux, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Vieille ville, Tristan Carbonatto Chocolatier
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

8
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll explore and learn at Wengen Day Trips and Grindelwald Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen and Kleine Scheidegg. Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Wengen (Minigolf, Central Sport, & more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, hike along The Eiger Trail, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald online day trip planner .

You can drive from Geneva to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

7
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 the city and head to Sibe Brunne and Creux du Van. Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOONfor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Castle of Gruyeres), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Cathedral of Bern, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Gruyeres, Glacier 3000, Adelboden, Thunersee, Chaplin's World
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

3
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basel Minster and Eglise de Courfaivre. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fondation Beyeler and Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Klingnauer Stausee (in Klingnau) and Lac Vert d'Undervelier (in Undervelier). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, stop by Johann Wanner, admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, and shop like a local with Art Basel.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip maker site .

You can take a train from Bern to Basel in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lac Vert d'Undervelier, Eglise de Courfaivre, Fondation Beyeler, Klingnauer Stausee
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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