43 days in Switzerland Itinerary

43 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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43 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  9 h 15 min
1
Geneva
— 7 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
2
Zermatt
— 11 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Bern
— 9 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Engelberg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Zurich
— 9 nights
Fly:  9 h
End: Dubai

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.
Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Domaine Bovy (in Chexbres) and Lakeside Promenade Fleuri (in Montreux). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Geneva road trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Geneva is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in February: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 7°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Domaine des Chantailles, Domaine Bovy, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

11
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
When in Zermatt, make a side trip to see Saas Fee Ski Resort in Saas-Fee, approximately Saas-Fee away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Zermatt online tour itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Geneva to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Saas Fee Ski Resort
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

9
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Thunersee (in Thun), Gruyeres Castle (in Gruyeres) and Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey). Next up on the itinerary: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, examine the collection at Schweizerisches , and contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Bern travel planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gruyeres Castle, Thunersee, L'Hotel de Ville, Chaplin's World, Freddie Mercury Statue
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Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

5
nights
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Engelberg: Melchsee-Frutt (in Kerns), Andermatt (Suworow-Denkmal & Oberalp Pass) and Airolo (Sasso San Gottardo & St Gotthard Pass). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, appreciate the history behind Wilhelm Tell Monument, make a trip to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei, and fly down the slopes at Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Engelberg online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Bern to Engelberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Engelberg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Andermatt, Airolo, Altdorf, Melchsee-Frutt, Pragelpass
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Ski School Active Snow Team Engelberg ©
Furka Pass ©
Furka Pass

9
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Rigi & Lake Lucerne) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich visit planner.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Zurich sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C at night. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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