20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

20 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Appenzell
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Appenzell
— 3 nights
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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Appenzell — 3 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Step out of the city life by going to Santis der Berg and Kronberg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Appenzeller Schaukaserei and Kunstmuseum Appenzell. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, explore the fascinating underground world of Wildkirchlihohle, and steep yourself in history at Landsgemeindeplatz.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell road trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Appenzell is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Riyadh to Appenzell, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Appenzell is colder than Riyadh - with highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum Rosengart Collection. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Rhine Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), stop by Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, and examine the collection at Musee Visionnaire Zurich.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take an in-depth tour of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen.

To see ratings and tourist information, go to the Bern road trip planner.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Bern, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get outdoors at Jungfraujoch and Trümmelbachfälle. Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren) and Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online itinerary planner.

Drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society. Step out of the city life by going to Gornergrat and Breithorn. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and explore the activities along Stellisee.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zermatt trip maker.

Getting from Grindelwald to Zermatt by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 3 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get some cultural insight at Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Step out of Montreux with an excursion to Creux du Van in Gorgier--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, learn about winemaking at Chateau De Glerolles, and see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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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