20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Moritz
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bellinzona
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 4 nights
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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.
Valere Basilica and Escaliers du Marche will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eglise Russe and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Chateau de Tourbillon (in Sion), Lausanne (Sauvabelin Tower, Le Port d'Ouchy, &more) and Chateau de la Batiaz (in Martigny). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Maison Tavel, examine the collection at MRL - Maison Rousseau et Litterature, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple de la Fusterie, and take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve.

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Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in February: highs in Geneva hover around 43°F, while lows dip to 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Musee du safran, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

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Drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Basel.
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Basel — 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale St-Nicolas and French Church. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gurten and The Cathedral of Bern. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Bern Bridge (in Fribourg) and Schloss Thun (in Thun). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, and pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

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Traveling by train from Zermatt to Basel takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February in Basel, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to St. Moritz.
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St. Moritz — 3 nights

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Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Town Chur and Muottas Muragl. Reformierte Kirche San Gian and Burg Cagliatscha will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Moritz: Caumasee (in Flims) and Parsenn Skigebiet (in Davos). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Diavolezza and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake St. Moritz.

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Traveling by car from Basel to St. Moritz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Basel in February; daily highs in St. Moritz reach 34°F and lows reach 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bellinzona.
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Bellinzona — 2 nights

Bellinzona is the capital of the canton Ticino in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Chateaux de Bellinzone, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Indipendenza, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Tibetan bridge "Carasc" and then explore the historical opulence of Castello di Montebello.

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Traveling by car from St. Moritz to Bellinzona takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Moritz in February; daily highs in Bellinzona reach 48°F and lows reach 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore hidden gems such as Jesuitenkirche and Kloster Einsiedeln. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Munot and Kathedrale St.Gallen. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Stadtkirche (in Winterthur) and Stiftsbibliothek (in St. Gallen). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, make a trip to The Nine Towers, snap pictures at Pont Spreuer, and examine the collection at Museum Rosengart Collection.

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Traveling by car from Bellinzona to Lucerne takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Lucerne sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 30°F at night. On the 22nd (Sat), you're off to 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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