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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Train
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 6 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls, then go for a walk through Sackelamtshusli, then get engrossed in the history at Historisches Museum Thurgau, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Klingnauer Stausee, then hike along Biberweg, and then get in on the family fun at Smilestones.

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Washington DC, USA to Neuhausen am Rheinfall is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Neuhausen am Rheinfall, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in November; daily highs in Neuhausen am Rheinfall reach 47°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 5 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Family-friendly places like Bleicheli Stadtlounge and Kathedrale St.Gallen will thrill your kids. Take a break from the city and head to Santis der Berg and Kronberg. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: St. Leonhard Kapelle (in Bad Ragaz), Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Witzweg (in Heiden). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Lillyweg, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church, and examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch.

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You can drive from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 48°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time 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.
Bring the kids along to Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Uetliberg Mountain. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Confiserie Sprungli, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Luzern, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, and wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

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Getting from Appenzell to Lucerne by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough 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.
Get outdoors at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aare River. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Harderkulm and UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Molitor (in Wengen) and Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), Zahringerbrunnen, &more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, and explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

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Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lucerne in December: highs in Interlaken hover around 34°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 4 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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Clay Shoot Zermatt and Trockener Steg. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and look for gifts at Laderach.

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You can take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough 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.
Kids will enjoy Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Patek Philippe Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Creux du Van (in Gorgier), Eglise de Concise (in Concise) and Musee du Tram (in Boudry). Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon.

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You can drive from Zermatt to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 42°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough 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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