56 days in Switzerland Itinerary

56 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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56 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Engelberg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Grindelwald
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Lenk im Simmental
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Zermatt
— 7 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Geneva
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Bern
— 11 nights
train + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

8
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Interlaken (Harderkulm, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Lucerne (Rigi, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find maps and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich online tour itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Zurich is minus 9 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore Appenzell's surroundings by going to Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Henry Dunant Museum) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, and explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Appenzell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Urnaesch, St. Gallen, Heiden, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Zeughaus Teufen
Highlights from your plan
Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch ©
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell

5
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Change things up with these side-trips from Engelberg: Fronalpstock (in Stoos), St Gotthard Pass (in Airolo) and Altdorf (Swimmimg Pool Altdorf & Turmli). There's lots more to do: stroll through Titlis, hit the slopes at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln, and take a memorable drive along Furka Pass.

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Getting from Appenzell to Engelberg by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Altdorf, Mythenregion, St Gotthard Pass, Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln, Furka Pass
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
St Gotthard Pass ©
St Gotthard Pass

7
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
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 these side-trips from Grindelwald: Murren (Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg & Blumental Panorama Trail). There's still lots to do: get great views at Jungfraujoch, head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A., hike along The Eiger Trail, and admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald journey maker site .

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

5
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lenk im Simmental: Spas (in Murren), Adelboden (Trummer Woodcarving, Adelboden, & more) and Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen). And it doesn't end there: fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, admire the striking features of Historical village of Saanen, get great views at Lauenensee, and take in the awesome beauty at Alprundweg Leiterli.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental tour planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Lenk im Simmental are 1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Adelboden, Historical village of Saanen, Spas, Lauenensee, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Highlights from your plan
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Lauenensee ©
Lauenensee

7
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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, museums, historic sites, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, hike along Murmelweg Wanderung, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip maker site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry), Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more) and Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and get curious at CERN.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Geneva trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, House of Basketball
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

11
nights
Bern

Bern ©
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: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Church of St Barvara (in Vevey) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and have fun at ROPETECH Ropes Course.

Find out how to plan Bern trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -3°C in Bern. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Basel, Freddie Mercury Statue, Thunersee, L'Hotel de Ville, Church of St Barvara
Highlights from your plan
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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