30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland visit 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.
Kids will enjoy Lake Zurich and Rhine Falls. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Lucerne and Uetliberg Mountain. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen (in Diessenhofen), Rapperswil (Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil & Elsener Messerschmied AG) and Lucerne (Rigi, Max Chocolatier, &more). And it doesn't end there: visit Old Town, enjoy some diversion at Hallenbad City, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and walk around Lindenhof Hill.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Zurich itinerary tool.

Washington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Washington to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone 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 your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Titlis and Seilpark Engelberg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Engelberg: Swisspecial (in Hergiswil), Zwergenweg Magisalp-Bidmi (in Hasliberg) and Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG (in Beckenried). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Engelberg Fuerenalp.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Engelberg online road trip planner.

Drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 58°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.
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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. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner.

Getting from Engelberg to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) 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.
Visiting The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Gornergrat and Trockener Steg. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, get great views at Viewpoint Kirchbrucke bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Pollux, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online holiday planner.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Geneva and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Get outdoors at Bains des Paquis and Grottes de Vallorbe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Lausanne (Palais de Justice de Montbenon & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, get a sense of history and politics at 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 reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough 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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