16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Bern
— 1 night
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Zermatt
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald
— 3 nights
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Lucerne
— 3 nights
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Zurich
— 3 nights

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Bern — 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 24th (Wed), get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): explore the activities along Thunersee, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Bern trip planner.

Zurich to Bern is an approximately 1.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then see the interesting displays at The Geneva Skateboard Museum / Pulp68. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a leisurely stroll along Pointe de la Jonction, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Geneva attractions planning tool.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for sightseeing, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat, explore the activities along Stellisee, snap pictures at Furi Suspension Bridge, and stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zermatt road trip site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Lake Brienz in Brienz, approximately Brienz away. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Lieselotte Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Grindelwald road trip planning website.

You can drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne — 3 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of Lucerne to go to Engelberg and see Titlis, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planner.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall), Santis der Berg (in Urnaesch) and Kronberg (in Gonten). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and admire the landmark architecture of Stadthaus Winterthur.

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Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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