11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Amsterdam
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
Basel
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
Amsterdam

2
days
Basel

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): make a trip to Spalentor (City Gate), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, then don't miss a visit to Tinguely-Brunnen, and finally see the interesting displays at HoosesaggMuseeum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, look for gifts at Stadtmarkt, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, then explore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, then admire the masterpieces at Museum Tinguely, and finally see the interesting displays at Basel Paper Mill Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel vacation trip planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Basel is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amsterdam in August: highs in Basel hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Sightseeing Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Basel Minster
Zoo Basel
Tinguely-Brunnen

2
days
Bern

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 14th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Clock Tower, appreciate the history behind Barenpark, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally explore the activities along Thunersee. Here are some ideas for day two: take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, ponder the world of politics at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, and finally make a trip to Bundesplatz.

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Traveling by train from Basel to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Sightseeing Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Thunersee
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Thunersee
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)

2
days
Interlaken

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, tee off at Minigolf, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte.

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Drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Interlaken sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Golf

Side Trips

Minigolf, Schynige Platte, Trümmelbachfälle
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Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle

3
days
Grindelwald

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of the city life by going to Aletsch Glacier and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Go for a jaunt from Grindelwald to Sedrun to see Lac de Claus about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: hike along The Eiger Trail, explore the activities along Bachalpsee Lake, examine the collection at Grindelwald Museum, and take a stroll through Alpiglen.

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Grindelwald is very close to Interlaken. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, Aletsch Glacier, Lac de Claus
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Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
The Eiger Trail

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