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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Vieille ville. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Cathedrale de Lausanne, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva tour itinerary planner.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Geneva is 6 hours. In November, Geneva is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 49°F and lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau d’Oron, and finally stop by O'Coeur des Reves ....

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car 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.
The Cathedral of Bern and Magdalena Hermitage will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, explore the activities along Aare River, make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, and get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bern online trip maker.

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. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basel Minster and Tour de Milandre are in your itinerary. Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Schloss Ebenrain (in Sissach), Chateau de Porrentruy (in Porrentruy) and Saint-Ursanne (Porte St-Pierre, Cloitre de St-Ursanne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Town Hall, steep yourself in history at Ermitage, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise St-Marcel, and relax and rejuvenate at Orachorn Thai Massage & Spa.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Basel trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (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 1st (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, contemplate the long history of Landsgemeindeplatz, then look for gifts at Flauderei, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Appenzell online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Basel to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can 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.
Visit Old Town and Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, walk around Lindenhof Hill, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 30°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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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