12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visit Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern for their historical value. Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern, Chapel Bridge, &more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, see the interesting displays at FIFA World Football Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Zurich attractions planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Zurich. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Appenzell

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, then see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Appenzell trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. January in Appenzell sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Zermatt

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Gornergrat, look for gifts at Laderach, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt itinerary site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Transportation · Outdoors

1
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then take in the exciting artwork at Plexus Art Gallery, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally stop by O'Coeur des Reves ....

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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 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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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.
On the 27th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

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Getting from Montreux to Geneva by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Bern, and finally stop by Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station, then admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip site.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Geneva in January since evenings lows in Bern dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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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.