30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 8 nights
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Engelberg
— 4 nights
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Zurich — 8 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Lake Zurich and Rhine Falls. Get in touch with nature at Lake Lucerne and Uetliberg Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Lucerne (Rigi, The Nine Towers, &more) and Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the views from Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary builder.

Washington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington in April, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Engelberg.
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Engelberg — 4 nights

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Get outdoors at Titlis and Cascata della Piumogna. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Engelberg: Zwergenweg Magisalp-Bidmi (in Hasliberg) and Swisspecial (in Hergiswil). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Engelberg Fuerenalp.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Engelberg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Engelberg are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Interlaken.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Winter Sports
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Interlaken — 5 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.
Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Trümmelbachfälle. Kids will appreciate attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Venture out of the city with trips to Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). And it doesn't end there: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Engelberg to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In May in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train 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.
Take a break from the city and head to The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Kids will appreciate attractions like Gornergrat and Clay Shoot Zermatt. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take in the awesome beauty at Pollux, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zermatt online travel route planner.

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 6 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Geneva and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bains des Paquis and Grottes de Vallorbe. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Spas, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Geneva trip website.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel 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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