20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Appenzell
— 1 night
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Zurich
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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.
Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Place de la Palud will appeal to history buffs. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Eglise de Saint-Sulpice (in Saint Sulpice), Vieille ville (in Cossonay) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in November; daily highs in Geneva reach 49°F and lows reach 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive 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 29th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d’Oron.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreux day trip site.

Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.
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Bern — 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). There's lots more to do: take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch, admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Bern are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
Visit Basel Minster and Dom von Arlesheim for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Basel: Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach), Chateau de Porrentruy (in Porrentruy) and Tour de Milandre (in Boncourt). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Town Hall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St-Marcel, take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, and admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Delemont.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Basel day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Basel are 44°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, make a trip to Landsgemeindeplatz, then stop by Flauderei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Appenzell day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Appenzell takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil (in Rapperswil), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip planning site.

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to 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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