16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly + train:  15​h
1
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

3
nights
Bern

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get in touch with nature at Parasailing & Paragliding and Schynige Platte. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Interlaken (Speed Boats Tours & Harderkulm), Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Bern, ponder the design of Anna-Seiler-Brunnen, and appreciate the history behind Zahringerbrunnen.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bern day trip planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Bern is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time is 9 hours. In July, Bern is slightly colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Interlaken, Schynige Platte, Trümmelbachfälle, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, then get great views at Gornergrat, then stop by Metzgerei Bayard, and finally make a trip to Walk of Climb.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip app .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 31st (Wed), appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Memorial, learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner .

Take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

3
nights
Grindelwald

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 Maennlichen and Jungfraujoch. Step out of Grindelwald with an excursion to Lauterbrunnen Village in Lauterbrunnen--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, and stroll through The Eiger Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald route planning website .

Drive from Montreux to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Let the collections at Swiss National Museum and Rietberg Museum capture your imagination. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Altstadt Luzern (in Lucerne) and Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), stop by Barenland, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zurich road trip planning app .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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