31 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Basel
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Bern
— 4 nights
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Montreux
— 3 nights
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Zermatt
— 4 nights
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Grindelwald
— 1 night
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Engelberg
— 2 nights
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Appenzell
— 2 nights
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Zurich
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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.
Basel is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Town Hall.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Basel trip itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Basel is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Basel is minus 3 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Basel hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Ambra Minerals (in Murten), Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). And it doesn't end there: stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Bern trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Basel to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Bern when traveling from Basel in January, with lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) 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.
Take a break from Geneva with a short trip to Chocolaterie Alexandre in Nyon, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and stroll around Parc Des Bastions.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 3 nights

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Explore Montreux's surroundings by going to Lausanne (The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) & Collection de l'Art Brut) and Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux, examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and have fun and explore at Chaplin's World.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux journey planning app.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can 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.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga.

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You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): get great views at Jungfraujoch and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Grindelwald takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 21st (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Lake Trubsee, then stroll through Titlis, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lungern, then don't miss a visit to Flueli-Ranft, then examine the collection at Tal Museum Engelberg, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Engelberg online holiday planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Engelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 4°C, while at night they dip to -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) 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 23rd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Kronberg, then take in the awesome beauty at Santis der Berg, then look for gifts at Flauderei, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church. Keep things going the next day: Head underground at Wildkirchlihohle, make a trip to Stiftsbibliothek, and then admire the landmark architecture of Kathedrale St.Gallen.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Appenzell road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Appenzell takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Rigi, &more) and Michaelskreuz Kapelle (in Root). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Old Town, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. In January in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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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