25 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Basel
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 2 nights
Drive
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Thun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Interlaken
— 1 night
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 1 night
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Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
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Zurich — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall, about 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich journey maker app.

Sydney, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get much colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 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: Engelberg (Titlis & Tal Museum Engelberg). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, take in the views from Chapel Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, and appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne journey planning site.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Lucerne sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Basel.
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Basel — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get curious at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, make a trip to Muensterplatz, then take an in-depth tour of Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Aussichtsturm Schleifenberg. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Pfalz, explore the ancient world of Carolingian Outer Crypt, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then ponder the design of Tinguely Fountain, and finally wander the streets of Basel's Old Town.

Plan trip to Basel with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Basel are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the activities along Egelsee, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Gurten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Aare River, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale St-Nicolas, then shop like a local with Ambra Minerals, and finally don't miss a visit to Ramparts Walls.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Basel to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Basel in January, plan for slightly colder nights in Bern, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Thun.
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Thun — 2 nights

Thun is a town and a municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland with about 43,783 inhabitants, as of 31 December 2013.It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun, 30km south of Bern.Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.The official language of Thun is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe area of what is now Thun was inhabited since the Neolithic age (mid-3rd millennium BC). Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at Garuda Massage and then contemplate the waterfront views at Oeschinen Lake. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Untere Schleusenbrucke, fly down the slopes at Tschentenalp, then fly down the slopes at Adelboden, and finally look for gifts at Trummer Woodcarving.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Thun trip planner.

Thun is very close to Bern. In January, daytime highs in Thun are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 1 night

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 12th (Fri), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stop by Whiskyness, then explore the activities along Lake Brienz, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Haarige Kuh Brauerei.

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Interlaken is just a short distance from Thun. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 2 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 13th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), stop by O'Coeur des Reves ..., explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Vladimir Nabokov. Keep things going the next day: have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Christmas Market in Montreux.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Montreux online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Montreux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 3 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.
Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chocolaterie Alexandre in Nyon--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, and admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva journey planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Geneva in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 18th (Thu), hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen, then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald travel site.

Getting from Geneva to Grindelwald by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lauterbrunnen.
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Lauterbrunnen — 3 nights

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take a memorable tour with Jungfraujoch, then stop by Molitor, and then don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Gasterntal.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen travel planning website.

Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Grindelwald. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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