53 days in Switzerland Itinerary

53 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lucerne
— 6 nights
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Zurich
— 6 nights
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Appenzell
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Brig
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Montreux
— 6 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Bern
— 6 nights
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Lucerne

— 6 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, admire all the interesting features of Furka Pass, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lucerne is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Lucerne is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, Lucerne is a bit cooler at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zurich

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Wed) in the animal kingdom at Zoo Zurich. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and examine the collection at Zurcher Spielzeugmuseum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 6 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Witzweg (in Heiden). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, don't miss a visit to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Appenzell online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, stroll through The Eiger, and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald planner.

You can drive from Appenzell to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Brig

— 5 nights
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brig: Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald), Gommer Hohenweg (in Bellwald) and Zauberwasser (in Graechen). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hike along Alpine Trails, and get outside with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Brig route site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Brig takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Brig can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 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: get great views at Gornergrat, take in the views from Hangebrucke, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and explore and take pictures at Riffelsee.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip planning site.

You can drive from Brig to Zermatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Montreux

— 6 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: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres) and VerticAlp Emosson (in Finhaut). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bisse Saviese Torrent-Neuf, awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and get outside with Les Bisses de Nendaz.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreux online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Go for a jaunt from Geneva to Aubonne to see l'Arboretum du Vallon de l'Aubonne about 44 minutes away. On the 13th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Anglais, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Geneva sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Tours · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

Bern

— 6 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 Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen) and Thunersee (in Thun). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Garden (Botanischer Garten), and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Bern when traveling from Geneva in September, with lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.