15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Appenzell
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington


Appenzell — 3 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR and Appenzeller Schaukaserei are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will get to explore Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch and Museum Appenzell. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Appenzell: Heidiland (in Bad Ragaz), Old Town Chur (in Chur) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kathedrale St.Gallen, take in the local highlights with Seealpsee, and sample the tasty concoctions at Brauerei Locher AG.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Appenzell itinerary builder tool.

Washington, USA to Appenzell is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Appenzell, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington in May: highs in Appenzell hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Landesmuseum and Museum Rosengart Collection. Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Lake Zurich, Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, stop by Altstadt Luzern, get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, and look and learn at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Lucerne takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) 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.
On the 19th (Wed), ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, stroll through Bains des Paquis, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, then admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Lucerne to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a train. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 21st (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then identify plant and animal life at Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally savor the flavors at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and finally examine the collection at Chaplin's World.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Montreux day trip site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.
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Bern — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), take in the spiritual surroundings of The Cathedral of Bern, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then examine the collection at Artilleriewerk Faulensee.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, read Bern trip builder app.

Getting from Montreux to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Tue) before leaving for home.
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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.