16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Engelberg
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Montreux
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
6
Bern
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  15​h
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Barenland. Let the collections at Swiss National Museum and Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus & Altstadt Luzern). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip itinerary maker .

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. In July, Zurich is a bit cooler than Los Angeles - with highs of 78°F and lows of 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
night
Engelberg

Engelberg ©
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 28th (Sun): take in the views from Titlis Bridge and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Titlis.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Engelberg trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Engelberg are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Engelberg

Nature Winter Sports Outdoors
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Titlis ©
Titlis
Titlis Bridge ©
Titlis Bridge

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Maennlichen and The Eiger Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Swiss Made Shop Wengen (in Wengen) and Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald day trip planner.

You can drive from Engelberg to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
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 1st (Thu): appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Memorial, do a tasting at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planning tool .

Getting from Grindelwald to Montreux by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 2nd (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then browse the exhibits of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat): head outdoors with Alpine Adventures Zermatt, get great views at Gornergrat, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Zermatt trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

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

5
nights
Bern

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Speed Boats Tours (in Interlaken), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, explore the activities along Aare River, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bern route planning app .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 2.5 hours. August in Bern sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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