31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
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Engelberg
— 2 nights
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Zurich
— 6 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and get curious at CERN.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Geneva day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Geneva. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and admire the landmark architecture of Marche couvert de Montreux.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux travel route planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

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 Mountaineers' Cemetery, snap pictures at Hangebrucke, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt Bergbahnen.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Engelberg

— 2 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): hit the slopes at Titlis and then don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lungernersee, then enjoy breathtaking views from Hammetschwand Lift, and finally make a trip to Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Engelberg online route planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Engelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Zurich

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, &more). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, make a trip to Bellevue Square, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and stroll around Lindenhofplatz.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich tour itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Appenzell

— 2 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 22nd (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg, then take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, then stop by Flauderei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church. On your second day here, Head underground at Die WildkirchliHoehlen, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kathedrale St.Gallen.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Appenzell day trip app.

Getting from Zurich to Appenzell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Appenzell are 4°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Basel.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Basel

— 4 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.
Take a break from Basel with a short trip to Tufelsschlucht in Haegendorf, about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, visit Basel's Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Basel holiday planner.

Drive from Appenzell to Basel in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Garuda Massage (in Thun) and Ambra Minerals (in Murten). The adventure continues: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bern trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Basel to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Basel in January since evenings lows in Bern dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

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.