30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Geneva
— 5 nights
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Brig
— 4 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Interlaken
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 6 nights
Drive
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall
— 2 nights
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Geneva — 5 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Geneva and Centre Geneve de Vol Libre – Paradelta. Bring the kids along to The Geneva Water Fountain and Chaplin's World. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Tourbieres des Ponts-de-Martel (in Les Ponts-de-Martel), Boudry (Musee du Tram & Gorges de l'Areuse) and Creux du Van (in Gorgier). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, and get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Geneva itinerary builder app.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in October; daily highs in Geneva reach 61°F and lows reach 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Brig.
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Brig — 4 nights

Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Visiting Aletsch Glacier and Gommer Hohenweg will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Brig side-trips: Trapgame (in Charrat), Bachalpsee Lake (in Grindelwald) and Wengen (Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen & Molitor). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, whizz through the canopy at Espace Ludique OBABAO, stroll through Alpine Trails, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise St Germain.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Brig takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Brig, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 6 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Gornergrat and Marmot Trail. Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Castor Mountain. When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Les Mines De Sel De Bex in Bex, approximately Bex away. There's still lots to do: tour the old-fashioned way with Glacier Express, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and trek along 5 Lakes Walk.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt road trip website.

Traveling by car from Brig to Zermatt takes an hour. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 6 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Bring the kids along to Parasailing & Paragliding and Buchhandlung Boedeli. Get outdoors at Jungfraujoch and Harderkulm. Venture out of the city with trips to Aare Gorge (in Meiringen) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). The adventure continues: cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Switzerland, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen.

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

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Interlaken are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 6 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Zurich and Chapel Bridge. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Niederdorf, &more), Seealpsee (in Wasserauen) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, glide through the air with Paragliding Luzern, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Astrid-Kapelle.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne travel route website.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in November, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall — 2 nights

Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
On the 11th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Biberweg and then push the limits with MX-Academy Motocross Enduro Motorbike and Dirt-Bike riding Switzerland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on things with Schiffmandli and then admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls.

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Neuhausen am Rheinfall takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel 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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