15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Train:  15​h 45​min
1
Bern
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

4
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus). Do some cultural sightseeing at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Chaplin's World. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) (in Lausanne), HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Altstadtleist Biel (in Biel). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, see the interesting displays at Schweizerisches , explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and view the masterpieces at SOON Galerie.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bern trip itinerary maker tool .

San Francisco, USA to Bern is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 9 hour difference. In June in Bern, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Sherlock Holmes Museum, Chateau de Chillon, HR Giger Museum, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Appreciate the collections at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Galerie Wydi. Get in touch with nature at Jungfraujoch and The Matterhorn. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Aletsch Glacier (in Grindelwald Area), Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). There's more to do: stroll through The Eiger Trail and make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Bahnhofstrasse. Old Town and Grossmunster will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Bourbaki Panorama, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, appreciate the history behind Hans Waldmann Statue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

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

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