39 days in Switzerland Itinerary

39 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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39 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Geneva
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bern
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lenk im Simmental
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Zermatt
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zurich
— 7 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Columbus

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Bazar d'Ouchy, Laser Game Evolution Lausanne, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva travel itinerary planner .

Columbus, USA to Geneva is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. Traveling from Columbus to Geneva, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Columbus in May; daily highs in Geneva reach 66°F and lows reach 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Lausanne
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

7
nights
Bern

Bern ©
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 The Fork (in Vevey), Thun (Schadau Park & Thunersee) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, explore the activities along Aare River, and enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bern online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bern are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thun, Montreux, Chaplin's World, The Fork, Chateau de Chillon
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

6
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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to Brienz (Giessbachfälle & Axalp) and Titlis (in Engelberg). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald day trip planning app .

Getting from Bern to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Brienz, Molitor, Titlis
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Titlis ©
Titlis

4
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lenk im Simmental: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg), Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen) and Adelboden (Trummer Woodcarving, Adelboden, & more). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle, contemplate the long history of Historical village of Saanen, and take in the awesome beauty at Alprundweg Leiterli.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lenk im Simmental day trip website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. June in Lenk im Simmental sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Adelboden, Lauenensee, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, Oeschinen Lake, Historical village of Saanen
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Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne
Adelboden ©
Adelboden

5
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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Interlaken to see Harderkulm about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, expand your horizons at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

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Explore your travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Zermatt with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Harderkulm
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

4
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Henry Dunant Museum) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's much more to do: trek along Eggen-Hohenweg, sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and head outdoors with Hoher Kasten.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Appenzell day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Heiden, Eggen-Hohenweg, Kronberg, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg

7
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Interlaken (Hohematte Park & Parasailing & Paragliding), Lucerne (Hofkirche, Mt Pilatus, & more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, and explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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