16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 4 nights
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Engelberg
— 1 night
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Bern
— 3 nights
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
Drive
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Montreux
— 1 night
Drive
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Geneva
— 4 nights
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Zurich

— 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, &more). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, stroll around Lindenhofplatz, and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich visit planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Zurich. Traveling from Dubai in December, expect Zurich to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Engelberg

— 1 night
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Titlis and then make a trip to Flueli-Ranft und Sachseln.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Engelberg online journey planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Engelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Engelberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

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Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

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: Oeschinen Lake (in Kandersteg), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Ambra Minerals (in Murten). There's much more to do: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, stroll around Gurten, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Bern, and identify plant and animal life at Barenpark.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern journey builder app.

Traveling by car from Engelberg to Bern takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites

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Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 27th (Mon), get great views at Gornergrat, stop by Laderach, and then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then snap pictures at Hangebrucke, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find out how to plan a trip to Zermatt, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Classes · Tours
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Montreux

— 1 night
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and then go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Montreux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites

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Geneva

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chocolaterie Alexandre (in Nyon) and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, learn more about the world around you at Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle), stroll around Le Jardin Anglais, and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Geneva sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Geneva takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), you're off to home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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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.