20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland planner
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Maison Tavel. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Cathedrale de Lausanne, &more) and Vieille ville (in Cossonay). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in November: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 49°F and lows are around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can 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 23rd (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Montreux online tour planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to 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 Central Railroad Station for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, make a trip to Bundesplatz, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bern day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basel Minster and Tour de Milandre are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Basel side-trips: Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach), Saint-Ursanne (Porte St-Pierre, Cloitre de St-Ursanne, &more) and Chateau de Porrentruy (in Porrentruy). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Town Hall, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, see the interesting displays at Pantheon Basel, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom von Arlesheim.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Basel online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bern to Basel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In November in Basel, expect temperatures between 51°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time 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 3rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, don't miss a visit to Landsgemeindeplatz, then stop by Flauderei, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mauritius Church.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Appenzell road trip tool.

Drive from Basel to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Hofkirche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil (in Rapperswil). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, look for gifts at Confiserie Sprungli, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Bier Paul Brauereiladen.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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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