20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich
— 5 nights
2
Interlaken
— 4 nights
3
Zermatt
— 5 nights
4
Brig
— 2 nights
5
Montreux
— 1 night
6
Geneva
— 2 nights

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Old Town and Hofkirche for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Lucerne (Lucerne Station, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Capuchin Friary (in Rapperswil). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zurich online road trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Zurich is 6 hours. In August, Zurich is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Stadtkirche, Rhine Falls, Capuchin Friary
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Old Town ©
Old Town
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

4
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kleine Scheidegg and Schlosskirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Aare River (in Bern). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, hike along The Eiger, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-First, Aare River
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg
Schlosskirche ©
Schlosskirche

5
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie" and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the activities along Stellisee, and take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Brig.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Kapelle Winkelmatten ©

2
nights
Brig

Brig ©
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgkirche Raron, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brig trip itinerary tool.

Take a train from Zermatt to Brig in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Brig can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Brig

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Raron, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway, Aletsch Glacier, Oeschinen Lake
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael ©
Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 31st (Mon), awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux travel planner.

Traveling by car from Brig to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Swiss Riviera Wine Tours ©
Swiss Riviera Wine Tours
Freddie Mercury Statue ©
Freddie Mercury Statue

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. On the next day, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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