19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Zurich

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 Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Hofkirche, Lake Lucerne, &more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and see the interesting displays at Alterthumer Magazin.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich online itinerary planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Zurich. Traveling from Los Angeles in April, things will get a bit cooler in Zurich: highs are around 58°F and lows about 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

2
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Appenzell

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): hike along Lillyweg, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, then stop by Flauderei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, then examine the collection at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Appenzell travel route planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Appenzell are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 6:

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Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for scenic drive, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 6 — 9:

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Montreux

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and then indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours.

For more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Montreux itinerary 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 9 — 10:

3
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Geneva

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 out of town with these interesting Geneva side-trips: Lausanne (Cathedrale de Lausanne & The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, admire the striking features of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Geneva vacation planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 10 — 13:

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Bern

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: The Central Church Of Thun (in Thun), Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Lauterbrunnen (Trümmelbachfälle & Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Bern travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Bern, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Nature · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.