52 days in Switzerland Itinerary

52 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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52 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 6 nights
train:  45​min
2
Lausanne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Bern
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Grindelwald
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lenk im Simmental
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Zermatt
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Zurich
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: London

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like CERN and Bains des Paquis. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva online holiday planner .

London, UK to Geneva is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. Traveling from London in January, expect little chillier with lows of 0°C in Geneva. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
CERN
CERN
Plage de Port-Choiseul ©
Plage de Port-Choiseul

2
nights
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
On the 11th (Sat), go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Lausanne, and finally make a trip to Sauvabelin Tower. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, examine the collection at Chaplin's World, then explore the world behind art at Collection de l'Art Brut, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lausanne itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Freddie Mercury Statue, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

8
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Bring the kids along to Bernaqua | Water Park | Fitness | Wellness and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Thunersee (in Thun) and Basel (Zoo Basel, Basel Minster, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Papiliorama.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern travel itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Basel, Thunersee, Papiliorama
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Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel
Tierpark Dahlholzli ©
Tierpark Dahlholzli
Papiliorama ©
Papiliorama

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Murren (Blumental Panorama Trail & 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn) and Muggestutz Zwergenweg (in Hasliberg). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, hike along Lieselotte Trail, fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Muggestutz Zwergenweg
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Muggestutz Zwergenweg ©
Muggestutz Zwergenweg
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

5
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Family-friendly places like Skigebiet Betelberg and Schwarzsee Lac Noir will thrill your kids. Explore Lenk im Simmental's surroundings by going to Lauenensee (in Lauenen), Happyland (in Granges) and Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf (in Chandolin). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Skigebiet Metsch, fly down the slopes at Glacier 3000, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Niesen.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lenk im Simmental road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in January, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauenensee, Glacier 3000, Wispile, Happyland, Niesen
Highlights from your plan
Niesen ©
Niesen
Happyland ©
Happyland
Lauenensee ©
Lauenensee

8
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sentier des Planetes and Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch. Step out of Zermatt with an excursion to Saas Fee Ski Resort in Saas-Fee--about 50 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Saas Fee Ski Resort, Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, Chemin des Planetes
Highlights from your plan
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

5
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Family-friendly places like Lac de Claus and Abenteuerland Walter Zoo will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Appenzell side-trips: Arosa Ski Resort (in Arosa), Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Flims Laax Falera Ski Resort (in Laax). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, stop by Cafe-Confiserie Laimbacher, get to know the resident critters at Wildpark Peter & Paul, and enjoy some friendly competition at Santispark.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Appenzell online travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. In February, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

St. Gallen, Santispark, Lac de Claus, Santis der Berg, Arosa Ski Resort
Highlights from your plan
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Abenteuerland Walter Zoo ©
Abenteuerland Walter Zoo
Lac de Claus ©
Lac de Claus

9
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will enjoy Zoo Zurich and Parapark Zurich. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, & more), Dietikon Catholic Church (in Dietikon) and Titlis (in Engelberg). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Titlis, Dietikon Catholic Church
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

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