30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland 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
— 5 nights
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Geneva
— 7 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Get in touch with nature at Rigi and Uetliberg Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Rapperswil (Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil & Elsener Messerschmied AG), Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen (in Diessenhofen) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, browse the exhibits of Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich tour planner.

Washington, USA to Zurich is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Zurich is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Washington in April: highs in Zurich hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (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.
Kids will enjoy Titlis and Seilpark Engelberg. Escape the urban bustle at Swisspecial and Zwergenweg Magisalp-Bidmi. Change things up with a short trip to Bergbahnen Beckenried-Emmetten AG in Beckenried (about 34 minutes away). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Engelberg Fuerenalp.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Engelberg trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Bring the kids along to Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Aare Gorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & Bodmi Arena). There's much more to do: appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our 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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Attractions like The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School make great kid-friendly stops. Visiting Gornergrat and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pollux, and explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip app.

You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 7 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Geneva and Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes. Bring the kids along to Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Palais de Justice de Montbenon), Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). The adventure continues: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, make a trip to The Flower Clock, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip tool.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time 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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