12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Geneva
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Bern
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Zurich
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi

2
nights
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.
Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Geneva is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Geneva, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, things will get colder in Geneva: highs are around 6°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chaplin's World and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Kids will enjoy Skigebiet Betelberg and Bernaqua | Water Park | Fitness | Wellness. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Oldtimer Galerie (in Toffen) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, see the interesting displays at Kindermuseum Creaviva, view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, and enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Bern holiday planner.

Getting from Geneva to Bern by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Geneva in December since evenings lows in Bern dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Skigebiet Betelberg, Chateau de Chillon, Oldtimer Galerie
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Parapark Zurich. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Markuskirche & Lake Lucerne). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Zoo Zurich, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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