26 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Switzerland travel planner
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Basel
— 3 nights
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Zurich
— 5 nights
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Engelberg
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Basel — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Basel Minster and Naturhistorisches Museum Basel. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, make a trip to Muensterplatz, and ponder the design of Tinguely Fountain.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Basel trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Basel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Basel reach 7°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Old Town and Chapel Bridge. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more) and Astrid-Kapelle (in Kuessnacht am Rigi). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), stroll around Lindenhof Hill, and don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Basel to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Engelberg.
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Engelberg — 2 nights

Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Trubsee, take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, and then don't miss a visit to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft, then explore the activities along Lake Lungern, and then explore the activities along Lake Brienz.

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Getting from Zurich to Engelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow 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.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg), Ambra Minerals (in Murten) and Harderkulm (in Interlaken). Next up on the itinerary: stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz, examine the collection at Museum of Communication, and admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bern travel route planner.

You can drive from Engelberg to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the train 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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Gornergrat and Rail Tours. Step out of Zermatt to go to Nendaz and see Premier Alpine Centre, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, snap pictures at Furi Suspension Bridge, head outdoors with Sunnegga, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

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You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car 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 23rd (Fri), examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), stop by O'Coeur des Reves ..., examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, then contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Vladimir Nabokov. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, see the interesting displays at Chaplin's World, then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Christmas Market in Montreux.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montreux online itinerary planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Montreux in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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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.
Attractions like Lake Geneva and The Geneva Water Fountain make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Geneva with an excursion to Chocolaterie Alexandre in Nyon--about 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais, walk around Promenade de l'Observatoire, and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Geneva itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling 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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