42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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42 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Neuhausen am Rheinfall
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Lucerne
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Grindelwald
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandersteg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 9 nights
Train:  3​h 45​min
6
Geneva
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Dallas

4
nights
Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Neuhausen am Rheinfall ©
Neuhausen am Rheinfall is a small municipality best known as home to Rhine Falls, a tourist attraction and Europe's largest waterfall.
Visiting Rhine Falls and Eggen-Hohenweg will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Neuhausen am Rheinfall: Urnaesch (Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch & Santis der Berg), Witzweg (in Heiden) and Appenzell (St Mauritius Church, Appenzeller Badi, & more). The adventure continues: get outside with Hoher Kasten, make a trip to Sackelamtshusli, tour the pleasant surroundings at Biberweg, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Kronberg.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Neuhausen am Rheinfall trip tool .

Dallas, USA to Neuhausen am Rheinfall is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Time is 7 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dallas in May: high temperatures in Neuhausen am Rheinfall hover around 66°F and lows are around 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Neuhausen am Rheinfall

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Appenzell, Urnaesch, Biberweg, Witzweg, Sackelamtshusli
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Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Eggen-Hohenweg ©
Eggen-Hohenweg
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg

9
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get in touch with nature at Mt Pilatus and Parasailing & Paragliding. Venture out of the city with trips to Interlaken (Hohematte Park, Harderkulm, & more), Zurich (Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, Bahnhofstrasse, & more) and Titlis (in Engelberg). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, identify plant and animal life at Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, and explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip planner .

You can drive from Neuhausen am Rheinfall to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Zurich, Interlaken, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, Trutg dil Flem, Aare Gorge
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding
Titlis ©
Titlis

6
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Trümmelbachfälle. Venture out of the city with trips to Giessbachfälle (in Brienz), Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli (in Gimmelwald). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, trek along Lieselotte Trail, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandersteg.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, Giessbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

5
nights
Kandersteg

Kandersteg ©
Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Visiting Aletsch Glacier and Adelboden will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandersteg: Blumental Panorama Trail (in Murren), Thunersee (in Thun) and Lenk im Simmental (Wallbach Bad, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland, hit the slopes at Tschentenalp, don't miss a visit to Lotschberg Base Tunnel, and snap pictures at Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandersteg route website .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Kandersteg in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Kandersteg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lenk im Simmental, Adelboden, Frutigen, Aletsch Glacier, Blumental Panorama Trail
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Alprundweg Leiterli ©
Alprundweg Leiterli
Adelboden ©
Adelboden

9
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of the city life by going to The Matterhorn and Matterhorn Ski Paradise. Step out of Zermatt to go to Martigny and see Morand Distillery, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, trek along Murmelweg Wanderung, take in the awesome beauty at Oberrothorn, and have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Zermatt trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Kandersteg to Zermatt with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Morand Distillery
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

7
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.
Visiting Lake Geneva and Creux du Van will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), Chapelle de l'Ermitage (in Neuchatel) and Vieille ville (in Cossonay). There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, take in the awesome beauty at Mont Saleve, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 56°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Neuchatel, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Orchidarium, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces ©
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

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