20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Engelberg
— 1 night
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Predigerkirche.

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

New York City, USA to Zurich is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Zurich is 6 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Zurich when traveling from New York City in January, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip

Engelberg

— 1 night
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis and then make a trip to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei.

Plan trip to Engelberg with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Winter Sports · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Engelberg to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Tours · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Bern

— 4 nights

City of Bears

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: Aigle Castle (in Aigle), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Swiss Chocolate Chalet). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz, and take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Bern day trip website.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 4 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, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, make a trip to Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt travel route app.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Geneva

— 3 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.
Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Geneva road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. January in Geneva sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.