30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Neuhausen am Rheinfall
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall
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Drive
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 5 nights
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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 21st (Sat), admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, then go for a walk through Sackelamtshusli, then take an in-depth tour of Historisches Museum Thurgau, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Klingnauer Stausee, then trek along Biberweg, and then find something for the whole family at Smilestones.

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Washington DC, USA to Neuhausen am Rheinfall is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Neuhausen am Rheinfall. Traveling from Washington DC in November, things will get a bit cooler in Neuhausen am Rheinfall: highs are around 47°F and lows about 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 4 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Get outdoors at Santis der Berg and Witzweg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Appenzell: St. Leonhard Kapelle (in Bad Ragaz) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg, take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kathedrale St.Gallen.

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Traveling by car from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Appenzell are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 7 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kids will enjoy Lake Lucerne and Rigi. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Uetliberg Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Lake Zurich, Confiserie Sprungli, &more). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, admire the landmark architecture of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt.

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Traveling by car from Appenzell to Lucerne takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Lucerne are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can 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 Barenpark. Step out of the city life by going to Jungfraujoch and Lauterbrunnen Village. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Molitor (in Wengen) and Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, head outdoors with Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in December, you will find days in Interlaken are slightly colder (34°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough 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 enjoy Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. Visiting Clay Shoot Zermatt and Trockener Steg will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zermatt: Eglise Saint Nicolas (in Heremence), Valere Basilica (in Sion) and Les Bisses de Nendaz (in Nendaz). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, look for gifts at Laderach, take a memorable ride with Zermatt Bergbahnen, and take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse.

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Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Patek Philippe Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Creux du Van and Gorges de la Poeta-Raisse. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Musee du Tram (in Boudry). There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly 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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