13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Appenzell
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
Fly
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington

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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, and finally take in the local highlights with Seealpsee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): stop by Alpschaukaeserei Schwaegalp, then take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, then take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Appenzell trip itinerary builder site.

Washington, USA to Appenzell is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Appenzell due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Washington in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Appenzell: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Landesmuseum and Bourbaki Panorama. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), Old Town, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, explore the world behind art at Museum Rosengart Collection, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and see the sky in a new way at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online attractions planner.

Getting from Appenzell to Lucerne by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Port-Choiseul, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planning site.

You can fly from Lucerne to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and finally examine the collection at HR Giger Museum. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Fondation Pierre Gianadda, examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Montreux day trip tool.

Getting from Geneva to Montreux by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 25th (Tue), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then examine the collection at Museum of Communication, then browse the exhibits of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bern itinerary maker app.

Drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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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.
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