30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland travel route planner
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Lucerne and Rhine Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen (in Diessenhofen), Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil (in Rapperswil) and Lucerne (Rigi, Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), &more). The adventure continues: visit Old Town, look for gifts at Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find other places to visit and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip maker.

Washington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. When traveling from Washington in April, plan for slightly colder days in Zurich, with highs around 58°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Engelberg.
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Parks · Museums · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
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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.
Family-friendly places like Titlis and Zwergenweg Magisalp-Bidmi will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Swisspecial and Engelberg Fuerenalp. Go for a jaunt from Engelberg to Faido to see Cascata della Piumogna about 1h 25 min away.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Engelberg tour planning site.

Getting from Zurich to Engelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April in Engelberg, expect temperatures between 58°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Trümmelbachfälle. Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald), Giessbachfälle (in Giessbach) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online itinerary planner.

You can 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, daytime highs in Interlaken are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Visiting Gornergrat and Castor Mountain will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: see the winter wonderland with Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, and enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (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.
Attractions like Lake Geneva and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, stroll around Jardin Anglais, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to 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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