18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Zermatt
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 3 nights
5
Bern
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Museum Rietberg. Visit Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, & more). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and browse the exhibits of Haus zum Rech.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Zurich itinerary maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Zurich is 6 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

2
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, get to know the fascinating history of Landsgemeindeplatz, then see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Appenzell Customs. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, stop by Cafe-Confiserie Laimbacher, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, then examine the collection at Zeughaus Teufen, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Appenzell travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Appenzell takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Zeughaus Teufen, Cathedral, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Landsgemeindeplatz
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Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte
Museum Appenzell ©
Museum Appenzell

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Visit Kleine Scheidegg and Mountaineers' Cemetery for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Lauterbrunnen Church in Lauterbrunnen (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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.
Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Patek Philippe Museum and House of Basketball capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, get curious at CERN, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva tour itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World, House of Basketball
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

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Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kindermuseum Creaviva and Schweizerisches will appeal to museum buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Klingende Sammlung. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Sherlock Holmes Museum (in Meiringen) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, examine the collection at Swiss Brand Museum, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castle of Gruyeres, Sherlock Holmes Museum
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Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

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