57 days in Switzerland Itinerary

57 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Mulhouse, Bus to Basel
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Basel
— 6 nights
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Lucerne
— 9 nights
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Winterthur
— 5 nights
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Glarus
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Sion
— 5 nights
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Gruyeres
— 3 nights
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Lenk im Simmental
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Biel
— 5 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Basel

— 6 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basel Minster and Basel Paper Mill Museum. Visit Augusta Raurica and Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach), Schloss Lenzburg (in Lenzburg) and Etangs de Bonfol (in Bonfol). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Jean Tinguely Museum, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthauskirche.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Basel online tour itinerary maker.

Paris, France to Basel is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne

— 9 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some cultural insight at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Let the collections at Landesmuseum and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Sherlock Holmes Museum (in Meiringen), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Heimwehfluh) and Zurich (Lake Zurich, ARTBOX.GALLERY, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and see the interesting displays at Schachmuseum.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Winterthur.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Winterthur

— 5 nights
Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. Landsgemeindeplatz and Kathedrale St.Gallen will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte and Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Winterthur: Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch (in Urnaesch), Zeughaus Teufen (in Teufen) and Appenzell (Museum Appenzell, Kunstmuseum Appenzell, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, see the interesting displays at Air Force Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Klingnauer Stausee, and take in the exciting artwork at Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Winterthur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Winterthur takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Winterthur can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glarus.

Things to do in Winterthur

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Glarus

— 2 nights
The Canton of Glarus is a canton in east central Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Ruinaulta Rheinschlucht, look for all kinds of wild species at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, then examine the collection at Museum POST AB!, and finally identify plant and animal life at Heidiland. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, get outside with Seealpsee, and then see the interesting displays at Erlebniswelt Toggenburg.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glarus journey planning app.

Getting from Winterthur to Glarus by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Glarus

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Appreciate the collections at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Fort Gondo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Schwarzsee "Maria zum Schnee". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch (in Naters) and Ecomuseum (in Simplon). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and trek along Murmelweg Wanderung.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt travel planner.

Drive from Glarus to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sion.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sion

— 5 nights
Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. Museum-lovers will appreciate Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Museum of Archaeology (Musee cantonal d'archeologie). Your inner history buff will appreciate Chateau de Chillon and Burgkirche Raron. Change things up with these side-trips from Sion: Riserva naturale Les Grangettes (in Villeneuve), Charlie Chaplin Statue (in Vevey) and Museum of Viticulture and Wine (Musee de la Vigne et du Vin) (in Aigle). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, see the interesting displays at Le Musee Des Bisses, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Saint-Maurice d'Agaune, and identify plant and animal life at Domaines des Iles.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sion trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Sion in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Sion

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Gruyeres

— 3 nights
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Get some cultural insight at Gruyeres Castle and Musee du Vieux Pays-d'Enhaut. You'll explore and learn at HR Giger Museum and Tibet Museum. Explore Gruyeres' surroundings by going to Avenches (Roman Theatre, Musee Romain Avenches, &more), Fribourg (Musee Suisse de la Machine a Coudre, Vallee du Gotteron, &more) and Espace Ballon (in Chateau-d'Oex). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Musee Romain de Vallon, explore the fascinating underground world of Les Gorges De La Jogne, admire the masterpieces at Espace Jean Tinguely - Niki de Saint Phalle, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Bulle.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gruyeres trip app.

You can drive from Sion to Gruyeres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In October in Gruyeres, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental

— 4 nights
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oberhofen Castle and Abegg-Stiftung. Appreciate the collections at Lotschentaler Museum and Sammlung Historischer Panzer der Armee. Venture out of the city with trips to Art'Collections Museum (in Crans-Montana), Murren (Allmendhubel & Via Ferrata) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hunegg Hilterfingen, explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland, snap pictures at Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, and take in the dramatic scenery at Sibe Brunne.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental trip planner.

You can drive from Gruyeres to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks · Nature · Museums · 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kleine Scheidegg and Lauterbrunnen Church. Grindelwald Museum and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Brienz (Axalp & Giessbachfälle), Schynige Platte (in Wilderswil) and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Biel.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Biel

— 5 nights
Get some cultural insight at Moulins souterrains du Col-des-Roches and Gotthelf Zentrum Emmental Lutzelfluh. You'll explore and learn at Pasquart and International Museum of Watches. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Biel: Musee Paysan et Artisanal (in La Chaux-de-Fonds), Etang de Lucelle (in Lucelle) and Gorges de l'Areuse (in Boudry).

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Biel trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Biel takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Biel

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Patek Philippe Museum and CERN. You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Chateau de Nyon (in Nyon), Audrey Hepburn's Grave (in Morges) and Lausanne (La Suisse - Belle Epoque - paddle steamboat & Cathedrale de Lausanne). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at House of Basketball, cool off at Bains des Paquis, and learn more about the world around you at MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip site.

Traveling by car from Biel to Geneva takes 2 hours. In October in Geneva, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.