30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Winterthur
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Winterthur
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 6 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 7 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington

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Winterthur — 4 nights

Winterthur is a city in the canton of Zürich in northern Switzerland. Get outdoors at Rhine Falls and Witzweg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Winterthur: Linner Linde (in Boezberg), Biberweg (in Eglisau) and Seealpsee (in Wasserauen). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, and stroll through Lillyweg.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Winterthur online tour itinerary planner.

Washington, USA to Winterthur is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Winterthur, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington in May; daily highs in Winterthur reach 65°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) 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.
Attractions like Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Rigi. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse, Old Town, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Chapel Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and make a trip to The Nine Towers.

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Traveling by car from Winterthur to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow 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.
Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm will thrill your kids. Visiting Trümmelbachfälle and Lauterbrunnen Village will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Grindelwald (Grindelwald-First & Bodmi Arena) and Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, trek along The Eiger, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and Head underground at St. Beatus Hoehlen.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Bring the kids along to Lake Geneva and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Get outdoors at Bains des Paquis and Reserve Naturelle des Grangettes. Venture out of the city with trips to Swiss Vapeur Parc (in Le Bouveret), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, stroll around Jardin Anglais, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, and get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Geneva online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 7 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Visiting Gornergrat and The Matterhorn will get you outdoors. Bring the kids along to Clay Shoot Zermatt and Sunnegga. Change things up with a short trip to Les Bisses de Nendaz in Nendaz (about 2 hours away). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Gorner Gorge, take in the awesome beauty at Pollux, and see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) 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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