45 days in Switzerland Itinerary

45 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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45 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Amritsar
Fly + train:  13​h
1
Bern
— 6 nights
2
Geneva
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Lenk im Simmental
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grindelwald
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Engelberg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Appenzell
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Zurich
— 9 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Amritsar

6
nights
Bern

Bern ©
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: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Thunersee (in Thun). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, head outdoors with Elfenau, and examine the collection at Kindermuseum Creaviva.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary builder website .

Amritsar, India to Bern is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 4 hours. When traveling from Amritsar in November, plan for much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Bern: temperatures range from 10°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Thunersee, Chaplin's World
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Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

5
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
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 (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Cathedrale de Lausanne, & more), Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Geneva sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lausanne, Orchidarium, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

6
nights
Zermatt

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, winter sports, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, hike along Murmelweg Wanderung, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and learn and have fun at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt attractions app .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

4
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Venture out of the city with trips to Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen), Trottiland (in Adelboden) and Via Ferrata (in Murren). Next up on the itinerary: fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, stroll through Bergbahnen Lenk, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alprundweg Leiterli.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental trip itinerary website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Lenk im Simmental. In November, daily temperatures in Lenk im Simmental can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lauenensee, Trottiland, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, Via Ferrata
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Alprundweg Leiterli ©
Alprundweg Leiterli
Via Ferrata ©
Via Ferrata
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke

5
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Murren (Blumental Panorama Trail & 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, tour the pleasant surroundings at North face Trail, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Grindelwald visit planner.

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

4
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Explore Engelberg's surroundings by going to St Gotthard Pass (in Airolo), Grimsel Pass (in Oberwald) and Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln (in Sachseln). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis, cruise along Furka Pass, head outdoors with Seilpark Engelberg, and get your game on at Swimmimg Pool Altdorf.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Engelberg trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Grindelwald to Engelberg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Engelberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Furka Pass, The Swiss Path, Swimmimg Pool Altdorf, Grimsel Pass, St Gotthard Pass
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass
St Gotthard Pass ©
St Gotthard Pass

4
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirchturm Heiden (in Heiden), Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus). And it doesn't end there: hike along Eggen-Hohenweg, see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Appenzell trip planner .

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Appenzell takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Appenzell are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Hoher Kasten, Kirchturm Heiden, Eggen-Hohenweg
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Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

9
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Lucerne (Markuskirche, Chapel Bridge, & more) and Alpenrose Landscape Gardens (in Wilderswil). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, explore the different monuments and memorials at Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery), and admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Appenzell to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Rhine Falls, Capuchin Friary, Gewerbemuseum Winterthur
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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