20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 1 night
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise de Saint-Sulpice (in Saint Sulpice), Vieille ville (in Cossonay) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Place de la Palud). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and walk around Jardin Anglais.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary maker app.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 49°F and lows are around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau d’Oron, and finally look for gifts at O'Coeur des Reves ....

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Montreux travel route planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.
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Bern — 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Visit The Cathedral of Bern and Church of the Holy Ghost for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm), Magdalena Hermitage (in Dudingen) and The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Bern, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bern road trip planner.

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 November in Bern, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 4 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Basel Minster and Schloss Ebenrain. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Tour de Milandre (in Boncourt), Saint-Ursanne (Porte St-Pierre, Cloitre de St-Ursanne, &more) and Chateau de Porrentruy (in Porrentruy). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Town Hall, contemplate the long history of Wartenberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise de Courfaivre, and relax and rejuvenate at Orachorn Thai Massage & Spa.

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Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November in Basel, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 1 night

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, then stop by Flauderei, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church.

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You can drive from Basel to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Appenzell are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Hofkirche are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil (in Rapperswil), Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

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Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In November in Zurich, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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