54 days in Switzerland Itinerary

54 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 9 nights
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Appenzell
— 5 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 7 nights
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Montreux
— 6 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Bern
— 7 nights
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Basel
— 8 nights
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Zurich

— 9 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Johannesburg in February: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 7°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 5 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with a short trip to Arosa Ski Resort in Arosa (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and admire the striking features of Stiftsbibliothek.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Appenzell trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen), Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and Titlis (in Engelberg). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum, and hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Grindelwald trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 7 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Zauberwasser (in Graechen), Grimentz Ski Resort (in Grimentz) and Saas-Fee (Swiss Ski School Saas Fee & Saas Fee Ski Resort). There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zermatt journey planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Montreux

— 6 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Verbier (Karting Extreme Verbier, Ski Service, &more), Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)) and Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World, indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Montreux itinerary planning website.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · 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.
On the 11th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, explore the world behind art at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Geneva holiday maker app.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. March in Geneva sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Tours · Nature

Bern

— 7 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 Sportbahnen Marbachegg AG (in Marbach), Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more) and Thun (Thunersee & Garuda Massage). There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Basel

— 8 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Kloster Mariastein (in Metzerlen-Mariastein), Tufelsschlucht (in Haegendorf) and Delemont (Chateau de Delemont & Hotel de Ville). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, get great views at Pfalz, don't miss a visit to Rheinufer Basel, and relax and rejuvenate at Orachorn Thai Massage & Spa.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Basel trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.