27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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27 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly + Train:  14​h
1
Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lenk im Simmental
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 3 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Appenzell
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Denver

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Change things up with a short trip to Chateau de Chillon in Veytaux (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, examine the collection at Klingende Sammlung, enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten, and enjoy some diversion at Freibad Marzili.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern trip maker tool .

Denver, USA to Bern is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°F in Bern. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, trails, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald road trip planning site .

Getting from Bern to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Molitor
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

3
nights
Lenk im Simmental

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lenk im Simmental: Lauenensee (in Lauenen), Adelboden (Trottiland & Tschentenalp) and Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke (in Frutigen). There's still lots to do: hit the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, stroll through Skigebiet Betelberg, identify plant and animal life at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alprundweg Leiterli.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Lenk im Simmental trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Adelboden, Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, Lauenensee
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Alprundweg Leiterli ©
Alprundweg Leiterli
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke ©
Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke
Lauenensee ©
Lauenensee

3
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Step out of Geneva to go to Lausanne and see The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), which is approximately 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation).

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Geneva travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Geneva in 3 hours. Traveling from Lenk im Simmental in December, expect Geneva to be a bit warmer, temps between 42°F and 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from Zermatt with a short trip to Harderkulm in Interlaken, about 2 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, snap pictures at Hangebrucke, and get great views at Gornergrat.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Harderkulm
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

3
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore Appenzell's surroundings by going to Kirchturm Heiden (in Heiden) and Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, look for gifts at Flauderei, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell. In December, daytime highs in Appenzell are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Breweries & Distilleries Nature

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Kirchturm Heiden, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Zeughaus Teufen, St. Laurenzen
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Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch ©
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg
Kirchturm Heiden ©
Kirchturm Heiden

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Hofkirche, & more) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Zurich, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Appenzell to Zurich by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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