21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland journey builder

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Zurich
— 5 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bern
— 3 nights
Drive
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Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Zurich

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Bourbaki Panorama, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary planning site.

Surat, India to Zurich is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Surat to Zurich, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:

Grindelwald

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, hike along The Eiger, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and finally explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald tour builder.

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Bern

— 3 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 Interlaken (Harderkulm & Parasailing & Paragliding), Thunersee (in Thun) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

Before you visit Bern, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Geneva

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): make a trip to The Flower Clock, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva route planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Geneva are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Zermatt

— 4 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, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Appenzell

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Step out of Appenzell to go to Heiden and see Kirchturm Heiden, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, and get outside with Hoher Kasten.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Appenzell trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Appenzell in 5 hours. October in Appenzell sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

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.