38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

38 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland holiday planner

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Geneva
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 5 nights
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Brig
— 3 nights
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Murren
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Lucerne
— 6 nights
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Geneva

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Montreux (Freddie Mercury Statue & Montreux Lakeside), Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Cathedrale de Lausanne) and Galeries Defago (in Champery). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planning app.

Surabaya, Indonesia to Geneva is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western Indonesia Time (WIB) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Surabaya in September, with highs in Geneva at 24°C and lows at 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the activities along Stellisee, go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and take in the views from Hangebrucke.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online vacation planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Brig.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Brig

— 3 nights
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Brig: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Fiesch in Valais), Zauberwasser (in Graechen) and Gommer Hohenweg (in Bellwald). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take a memorable drive along Grimsel Pass, stroll through Alpine Trails, and head outdoors with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Brig trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Brig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. September in Brig sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Murren.

Things to do in Brig

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

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Murren

— 3 nights
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Get out of town with these interesting Murren side-trips: St. Beatus Hoehlen (in Sundlauenen) and Spiezer Rundwanderweg (in Spiez). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, trek along Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Allmendhubel.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Murren journey maker app.

Explore your travel options from Brig to Murren with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Murren

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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Grindelwald

— 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Lake Brienz (in Brienz), Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, hike along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen.

To find where to stay and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip planning site.

You can take a train from Murren to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Bern

— 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Venture out of the city with trips to Creux du Van (in Gorgier), Thunersee (in Thun) and Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bern are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

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Appenzell

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Change things up with these side-trips from Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Heiden (Witzweg & Kirchturm Heiden) and Eichhornliweg (in Arosa). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, take an in-depth tour of Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, get outside with Seealpsee, and make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Appenzell trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Appenzell takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Lucerne

— 6 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Museum Rietberg, Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), &more), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's much more to do: fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lucerne route tool.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Lucerne takes 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.