60 days in Switzerland Itinerary

60 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland route planner

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Geneva
— 7 nights
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Montreux
— 5 nights
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Zermatt
— 6 nights
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Grindelwald
— 4 nights
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Bern
— 7 nights
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Basel
— 9 nights
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Mendrisio
— 3 nights
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Chur
— 6 nights
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Appenzell
— 4 nights
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Zurich
— 8 nights
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Geneva

— 7 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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Notre Dame Basilica. Get some cultural insight at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Nyon (Musee Romain, Chateau de Nyon, &more), Musee Romand de la Machine Agricole (in Gingins) and Ile de la Harpe (in Rolle). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the masterpieces at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip builder site.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Geneva is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January, things will get much colder in Geneva: highs are around 6°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 8:

Montreux

— 5 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Appreciate the collections at Chaplin's World and Gruyeres Castle. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne. Venture out of the city with trips to Eglise de Saint-Sulpice (in Saint Sulpice), Lausanne (Mosque of Lausanne, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more) and Gruyeres (Tibet Museum & HR Giger Museum). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Fondation Opale, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, shop like a local with Plexus Art Gallery, and hit the slopes at Anzere.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux journey planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Zermatt

— 6 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Burgkirche Raron and Mountaineers' Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Fort Gondo. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Lac des Autannes (in Grimentz), Schloss Leuk (in Leuk) and Art'Collections Museum (in Crans-Montana). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Gornergrat, learn about all things military at Museo delle guardie svizzere, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zermatt online day trip planner.

You can drive from Montreux to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 13 — 19:

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Lotschentaler Museum and Grindelwald Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kleine Scheidegg and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Venture out of the city with trips to Titlis (in Engelberg), Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway (in Wengen) and Riederalp (in Riederalp). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Monch, and stroll through Grindelwald-First.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald travel route builder tool.

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:

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.
Appreciate the collections at Regionalmuseum Langnau and Klingendes Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Cathedral of Bern and Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Fribourg (Musee Suisse de la Machine a Coudre, Across the Screen, &more), Musee des Chemins de fer du Kaeserberg (in Granges-Paccot) and Interlaken (Swiss Chocolate Chalet & Parasailing & Paragliding). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Artilleriewerk Faulensee, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and get engrossed in the history at Museum fur Uhren und mechanische Musikinstrumente.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bern travel route builder site.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 30:

Basel

— 9 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.
Popular historic sites such as Basel Minster and Schloss Ebenrain are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jean Tinguely Museum and Naturhistorisches Museum Basel. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Museum fur Musikautomaten (in Seewen), Jura World of Coffee (in Niederbuchsiten) and Psi Forum Visitor Centre (in Villigen). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler, see the interesting displays at Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Basel, and pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Mariastein.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Basel journey planning app.

Getting from Bern to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mendrisio.

Things to do in Basel

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 8:

Mendrisio

— 3 nights
Mendrisio is a municipality in the district of Mendrisio in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.Mendrisio is the seat of the Accademia di Architettura of the university of Italian-speaking Switzerland (USI).The municipality was boosted in size on 4 April 2004 when it incorporated the former municipality of Salorino. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pinacoteca Cantonale Giovanni Zust and Museo del Trasparente. Your inner history buff will appreciate Monte San Giorgio and Parco Archeologico di Tremona-Castello. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museo d'arte Mendrisio, stroll the grounds of Cimitero Monumentale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, and see the interesting displays at Museo Della Civilta Contadina.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mendrisio road trip site.

Drive from Basel to Mendrisio in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Chur.

Things to do in Mendrisio

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:

Chur

— 6 nights
Chur or Coire is the capital and largest town of the Swiss canton of Grisons and lies in the Grisonian Rhine Valley, where the Rhine turns towards the north, in the northern part of the canton. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum POST AB! and Bundner Kunstmuseum. Visit Old Town Chur and Schloss Werdenberg for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Chur: Festungsmuseum Crestawald (in Sufers), Museum Sursilvan Cuort Ligia Grischa (in Trun) and Casa Storica (in Andeer). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Forum Wurth Chur, get outside with Trutg dil Flem, see the interesting displays at Alpkaserei Parpan, and step into the grandiose world of Castello Di Mesocco.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Chur trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mendrisio to Chur takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Chur

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 11 — 17:

Appenzell

— 4 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Landsgemeindeplatz and Kathedrale St.Gallen will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR and Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch. Explore Appenzell's surroundings by going to Fort Heldsberg (in St. Margrethen), Schloss Arbon (in Arbon) and Badhutte Rorschach (in Rorschach). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Appenzeller Brauchtumsmuseum Urnäsch, learn more about the world around you at Naturmuseum St.Gallen, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and take an in-depth tour of Historisches Und Volkerkundemuseum.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Appenzell journey maker site.

Getting from Chur to Appenzell by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Appenzell are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 17 — 21:

Zurich

— 8 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Old Town and Museum Rietberg are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Landesmuseum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke), Altstadt Luzern, &more), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Hohle Gasse (in Immensee). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

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You can drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 21 — Mar 1:

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.