20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
5
Lucerne
— 6 nights

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Geneva

Geneva ©

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Roman Columns. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin Anglais.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva online route planner.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 13-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 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

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Must see
Lake Geneva
4.7

2
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Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 27th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Lausanne, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Alain Chollet Winery, then examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then step into the grandiose world of Gruyeres Castle, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Montreux trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

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Castle
Gruyeres Castle
4.6
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Religious Site
Cathedrale de Lausanne
4.5

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and whizz through the canopy at Forest Fun Park Zermatt.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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World heritage site
Aletsch Glacier
4.8
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Mountain
The Matterhorn
4.8

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some historical perspective at The Cathedral of Bern and Magdalena Hermitage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald), The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun) and Interlaken (Skydive Switzerland, Harderkulm, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the activities along Aare River, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bern itinerary planning tool.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Bern, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Jungfraujoch
4.4
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
4.9

6
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Jesuitenkirche are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Spas, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

To find where to stay and tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip planner.

Getting from Bern to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Must see
Mt Pilatus
4.7
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Neighborhood
Old Town
4.6
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Historic Site
Hohle Gasse
4.4

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