30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland sightseeing planner
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Geneva
— 6 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Interlaken
— 5 nights
Drive
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Lucerne
— 7 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 5 nights
Drive
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Neuhausen am Rheinfall
— 2 nights
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Creux du Van and Franck Ollivier Golf Pro. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Palais des Nations, Genève. Get out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Musee du Tram (in Boudry) and Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Place de la Palud, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Geneva is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in November, with highs in Geneva at 49°F and lows at 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Get in touch with nature at Gornergrat and Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Bring the kids along to The Matterhorn and Trockener Steg. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, stop by Laderach, and go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can take a train 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 in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Aare River. Kids will enjoy Harderkulm and Barenpark. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Molitor (in Wengen), Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald) and Bern (Bundesplatz, The Cathedral of Bern, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, and get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Interlaken road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Interlaken takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 7 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Attractions like Lake Zurich and Old Town make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Zurich (Confiserie Sprungli, Bahnhofstrasse, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Markuskirche, snap pictures at Pont Spreuer, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Interlaken in December, expect nights in Lucerne to be about the same, around 29°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 5 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kids will enjoy Bleicheli Stadtlounge and Kathedrale St.Gallen. Take a break from the city and head to Santis der Berg and Witzweg. Explore Appenzell's surroundings by going to St. Leonhard Kapelle (in Bad Ragaz) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Wildkirchlihohle, and hike along Lillyweg.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Appenzell day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Appenzell takes 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 41°F, while at night they dip to 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Neuhausen am Rheinfall.
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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 23rd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Klingnauer Stausee, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rhine Falls, and then take in the pleasant sights at Sackelamtshusli. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Museum Lindwurm, then trek along Biberweg, and then make a trip to Gemeindehaus Rafz.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Neuhausen am Rheinfall day trip tool.

You can drive from Appenzell to Neuhausen am Rheinfall in 1.5 hours. December in Neuhausen am Rheinfall sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can 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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