30 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland tour planner
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Basel
— 4 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 5 nights
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Geneva — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Lake Geneva and Bains des Paquis. Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Chateau de Nyon will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Musee Romain in Nyon, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, admire the masterpieces at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle).

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Geneva trip maker website.

Bengaluru, India to Geneva is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Bengaluru in May; daily highs in Geneva reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 5 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get in touch with nature at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Barenpark. Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Federal Building (Bundeshaus)for plenty of shopping. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum (in Hofstetten bei Brienz), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm). The adventure continues: revel in the low prices at Ambra Minerals, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), examine the collection at Swiss Brand Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern vacation maker tool.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Basel.
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Basel — 4 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.
Fondation Beyeler and Basel Minster are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Basel Paper Mill - Swiss Museum for Paper, Writing and Printing and Museum Tinguely. Step out of Basel to go to Seewen and see Museum fur Musikautomaten, which is approximately 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, delve into the distant past at Augusta Raurica, and steep yourself in history at Gedenkstatte Fur Fluchtlinge.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Basel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Basel, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Astrid-Kapelle. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Museum Rosengart Collection, Chapel Bridge, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 2 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. On the 20th (Sat), admire the striking features of Kathedrale St.Gallen, examine the collection at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, then see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Appenzeller Schaukaserei. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, get into the urban bustle at Pfalzkeller, get engrossed in the history at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Appenzell, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St Mauritius Church.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Appenzell visit planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Appenzell are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 4 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore and learn at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and postman8 - Philateliemuseum. Popular historic sites such as Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society are in your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, tour in style with a train tour, take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zermatt online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Appenzell to Zermatt in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Montreux.
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Montreux — 5 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Let the collections at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Queen Studio Experience capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Montreux: Fondation Pierre Gianadda (in Martigny), HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Lausanne (Collection de l'Art Brut & Cathedrale de Lausanne). Next up on the itinerary: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, indulge your senses at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours, make a trip to Klosterkirche Romainmotier, and pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise du Cloitre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux online day trip planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Montreux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly 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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