57 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Basel
— 6 nights
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Bern
— 7 nights
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Geneva
— 8 nights
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Montreux
— 6 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald
— 4 nights
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Engelberg
— 5 nights
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Zurich
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Basel — 6 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Schloss Ebenrain in Sissach (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, stop by Basel's Old Town, admire the local landmark of Tinguely Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Muensterplatz.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel road trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Basel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Basel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Basel to be colder, temps between 7°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bern.
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Bern — 7 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Kunsthaus), Murten (Ambra Minerals & Ramparts Walls) and Artilleriewerk Faulensee (in Faulensee). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), look for all kinds of wild species at Einsiedelei St. Verena, and admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern road trip site.

Getting from Basel to Bern by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Basel in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Bern, with lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva — 8 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.
Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Chocolaterie Alexandre in Nyon, about 36 minutes away. On the 15th (Sun), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Anglais.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Geneva online attractions planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 6 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Get out of town with these interesting Montreux side-trips: Anzere (in Anzere), Premier Alpine Centre (in Nendaz) and Gruyeres (Gruyeres Castle & HR Giger Museum). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, look for gifts at O'Coeur des Reves ..., go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, and examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique).

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Montreux trip tool.

Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 6 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see postman8 - Philateliemuseum in Stalden, approximately Stalden away. There's still lots to do: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt driving holiday tool.

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 4 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg, approximately Kandersteg away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald tour planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Engelberg.
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Engelberg — 5 nights

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hammetschwand Lift (in Obbuergen), Mythenregion (in Rickenbach) and Bundesbriefmuseum (in Schwyz). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis, don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, and hit the slopes at Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Engelberg online road trip planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Engelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Appenzell.
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Appenzell — 4 nights

Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Appenzell: PFARR- UND KLOSTERKIRCHE MARIA HIMMELFAHRT (in Pfaefers Dorf), Witzweg (in Heiden) and Fort Heldsberg (in St. Margrethen). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, admire the landmark architecture of Stiftsbibliothek, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, and explore the fascinating underground world of Wildkirchlihohle.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Appenzell trip planner.

You can drive from Engelberg to Appenzell in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 10 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Elsener Messerschmied AG (in Rapperswil), Lucerne (The Nine Towers, Altstadt Luzern, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Old Town, stroll around Lindenhof Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich road trip planning website.

You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. February in Zurich sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for 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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