38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Drive to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Appenzell
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Appenzell
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Lucerne
— 5 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Lauterbrunnen
— 2 nights
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Interlaken
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Appenzell

— 5 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Old Town Chur (in Chur), Arosa Ski Resort (in Arosa) and Witzweg (in Heiden). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, and admire the landmark architecture of Stiftsbibliothek.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Appenzell trip planner.

Durgapur, India to Appenzell is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 6:

Zurich

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich journey builder.

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Lucerne

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Das Lohri-Haus - The Oldest House of Goldsmiths in the World (in Zug) and Engelberg (Titlis & Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip maker.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train; or take a bus. December in Lucerne sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 13:

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.
Basel is known for museums, historic sites, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, examine the collection at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, and take some stellar pictures from Pfalz.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Basel day trip site.

Getting from Lucerne to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Basel, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Bern

— 5 nights

City of Bears

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 Cathedrale St-Nicolas (in Fribourg) and Murten (Medieval City Walls & Ambra Minerals). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Bern day trip site.

Getting from Basel to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Basel in December, expect little chillier with lows of -3°C in Bern. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 22:

Lauterbrunnen

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lauterbrunnen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Interlaken

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 25th (Sat), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and finally look for gifts at Mad Cow. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy some diversion at Nature Park Blausee, explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, and then deepen your understanding at Tropenhaus Frutigen.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip site.

Interlaken is very close to Lauterbrunnen. December in Interlaken sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:

Zermatt

— 3 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, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get great views at Gornergrat, look for gifts at Laderach, see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Interlaken to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Tours · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Montreux

— 3 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore Montreux's surroundings by going to Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip builder.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:

Geneva

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Geneva day trip site.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

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.