11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Kathmandu
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Interlaken
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Kathmandu

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You've now added Tonhalle Gesellschaft to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and finally see a show at Tonhalle Gesellschaft. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, then make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planning website .

Kathmandu, Nepal to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Kathmandu to Zurich. While traveling from Kathmandu, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 5°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nightlife

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Interlaken

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Mt Pilatus). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Zurich in December; daily highs in Interlaken reach 1°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Huggler Holzbildhauerei
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch

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Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 29th (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Keep things going the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, and then make a trip to Federal Building (Bundeshaus).

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern online itinerary maker .

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Interlaken in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bern, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Gruyeres Castle
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Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)

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Geneva

Geneva ©
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 31st (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning site .

Drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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