15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Zurich
1
Zurich
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
5
Geneva
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Zurich

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Markuskirche. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Rigi will get you outdoors. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken), Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Altstadt Luzern) and Capuchin Friary (in Rapperswil). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, look for gifts at Glen Fahrn 'the Pearl' Zurich, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning app .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Zurich. In December, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lucerne, Parasailing & Paragliding, Capuchin Friary
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding

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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 Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Central Sport in Wengen, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: trek along The Eiger Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grindelwald-First, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald day trip planning app .

You can drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Central Sport
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

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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.
Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Federal Building (Bundeshaus)for some retail therapy. Get some historical perspective at Haus der Religionen - Dialog der Kulturen and French Church. Go for a jaunt from Bern to Lenk im Simmental to see Skigebiet Metsch about 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse, get a taste of the local shopping with SOON Galerie, buy something for everyone on your list at Welle7, and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Rigassi by SOON.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Bern online trip planner .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Skigebiet Metsch
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Federal Building (Bundeshaus) ©
Federal Building (Bundeshaus)
Central Railroad Station ©
Central Railroad Station

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 30th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Murmelweg Wanderung, then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, and finally stop by Laderach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through 5-Seenweg, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zermatt trip planner .

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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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 1st (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then steep yourself in history at Chateau de Chillon, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Vieille ville. Keep things going the next day: take advantage of the amenities at Bains des Paquis and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Geneva takes 4 hours. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vieille ville, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

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