39 days in Switzerland Itinerary

39 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland journey planner

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Zurich
— 6 nights
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Engelberg
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 4 nights
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Geneva
— 5 nights
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Bern
— 6 nights
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Zurich

— 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Rigi, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Spend the 30th (Sun) in the animal kingdom at Zoo Zurich. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, stroll around Lindenhofplatz, and see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in January; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Museums

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Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:

Appenzell

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus) and Eichhornliweg (in Arosa). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, get outside with Seealpsee, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Appenzell driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Basel.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 4:

Basel

— 4 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Explore Basel's surroundings by going to Fontaine du Mai (in Saint-Ursanne), Etangs de Bonfol (in Bonfol) and Tufelsschlucht (in Haegendorf). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basel Minster, see the interesting displays at Museum fur Musikautomaten, explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, and make a trip to Tinguely-Brunnen.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Basel visit app.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Basel takes 2.5 hours. February in Basel sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 4 — 8:

Engelberg

— 2 nights
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Titlis and then enjoy breathtaking views from Hammetschwand Lift. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): stroll through Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg, snap pictures at Titlis Cliff Walk, and then fly down the slopes at Mythenregion.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Engelberg day trip website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Engelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Basel in February, expect Engelberg to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 10:

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.
Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway in Wengen, about 1 hour away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, get great views at First Cliff Walk by Tissot, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald day trip tool.

You can drive from Engelberg to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 10 — 13:

Zermatt

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of Zermatt to go to Saas-Fee and see Ski Zenit, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trockener Steg, and don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:

Montreux

— 4 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)), Montagne Magique Ski School (in Haute-Nendaz) and Verbier (Karting Extreme Verbier, Ski Service, &more). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, and examine the collection at Museum of Viticulture and Wine (Musee de la Vigne et du Vin).

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Montreux holiday maker website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, and see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva tour planner.

Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 26:

Bern

— 6 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, explore the activities along Aare River, and identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bern day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in February, plan for little chillier nights in Bern, with lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 4:

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.