46 days in Switzerland Itinerary

46 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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46 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Lugano
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lenk im Simmental
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Geneva
— 6 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Zermatt
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Lugano

7
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Lion Monument, & more), Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planner.

Lugano to Zurich is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lugano in November: highs in Zurich hover around 10°C, while lows dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

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

8
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Thunersee (in Thun), Collegiale Saint-Germain (in Moutier) and Panoramabrucke Sigriswil (in Sigriswil). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Aare River, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, examine the collection at Klingende Sammlung, and test your problem-solving skills at The Factory Escape Game.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Basel Minster, Collegiale Saint-Germain, The Factory Escape Game, Panoramabrucke Sigriswil, Thunersee
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The Factory Escape Game ©
The Factory Escape Game
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

6
nights
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 Murren (Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, Blumental Panorama Trail, & more) and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Lieselotte Trail, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald holiday maker app .

Drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

5
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald), Via Ferrata (in Murren) and Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, take some stellar pictures from Lauenensee, stroll through Skigebiet Betelberg, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lenk im Simmental vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. In December in Lenk im Simmental, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Adelboden, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, Oeschinen Lake, Lauenensee, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
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Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Alprundweg Leiterli ©
Alprundweg Leiterli
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Lausanne (Escaliers du Marche, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), & more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Geneva online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Geneva in 3 hours. Traveling from Lenk im Simmental in December, expect Geneva to be somewhat warmer, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

8
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 scenic drive, nature, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, trek along Murmelweg Wanderung, and take a memorable drive along Gornergrat.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read Zermatt journey maker app .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

5
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Venture out of the city with trips to Heiden (Kirchturm Heiden & Henry Dunant Museum), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's much more to do: hike along Eggen-Hohenweg, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. In December, daytime highs in Appenzell are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Heiden, St. Gallen, Seealpsee, Eggen-Hohenweg
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Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch ©
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg

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