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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.
Appreciate the collections at Patek Philippe Museum and MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. Visit Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Galerie de la Tour de Diesse (in Neuchatel), Montreux (Montreux Lakeside & Queen Studio Experience) and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, do a tasting at Maurice Neyroud, stroll through Bains des Paquis, and shop like a local with RUINE Galerie.

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Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in October, with highs in Geneva at 61°F and lows at 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
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Zermatt — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): cast your line with Fly Fish Zermatt, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then make a trip to Walk of Climb, and finally get great views at Gornergrat.

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Drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Interlaken.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums
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Interlaken — 4 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Parasailing & Paragliding. Appreciate the collections at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum. Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Bern (Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, The Cathedral of Bern, &more) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). The adventure continues: take the plunge with Skydive Switzerland, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, get great views at Harderkulm, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church.

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Take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Appenzell.
Tours · Museums · Nature · Outdoors
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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 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Appenzeller Schaukaserei, take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, sample the tasty concoctions at Brauerei Locher AG, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen. On your second day here, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, then get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and finally get the lay of the land with Seealpsee.

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You can drive from Interlaken to Appenzell in 3 hours. October in Appenzell sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zurich.
Museums · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries · Nature
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Uhren Sammlung Kellenberger. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Heiternplatz (in Zofingen) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Altstadt Luzern, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY.

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You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Zurich are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Switzerland travel guide

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.