17 days in Western Norway & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Western Norway & Switzerland Itinerary

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Bergen, Norway
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bergen, Norway

— 2 nights

City of Seven Mountains

A city famed for its underground music scene, Bergen also serves as the gateway to the fjords of Norway's western coastline.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Ulriken, steep yourself in history at Troldhaugen Edvard Grieg Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at DMG GALLERY, take a leisurely stroll along Bryggen, see the interesting displays at Theta Museum, hunt for treasures at Fish Market, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Floyen and the Funicular, and finally view the masterpieces at Gunvor Handmade Illustration.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bergen visit planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bergen is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Riyadh in August, expect Bergen to be much colder, temps between 20°C and 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Bergen

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old Town and Landesmuseum. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Ufschotti Park, Lake Lucerne, &more) and St Gallus Catholic Church (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, and kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zurich planner.

Getting from Bergen to Zurich by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Bergen in August, you will find days in Zurich are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Grindelwald Museum and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen. Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Aletsch Glacier. Change things up with a short trip to Axalp in Brienz (about 32 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through The Eiger, take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald journey planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. Appreciate the collections at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Galerie Wydi (in Wilderswil) and Interlaken (Heimwehfluh & Swiss Chocolate Chalet). The adventure continues: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, and view the masterpieces at SOON Galerie.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bern sightseeing planning website.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August in Bern, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore and learn at Patek Philippe Museum and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique). When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Place de la Palud in Lausanne, approximately Lausanne away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Geneva journey builder tool.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 31st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Western Norway travel guide

4.4
Mountains · Flea Markets · Piers & Boardwalks
Admire the mighty glaciers, traverse the scenic fjords, and visit the historical cities of Western Norway, the country's traditional gateway to the world. From ancient fishermen and fierce Vikings, to medieval traders and modern industry, the area's link with the sea has never been broken. Whatever the season, Western Norway offers an abundance of opportunities for sightseeing and vacation activities. The region is a great destination for hiking, cycling, skiing, or fishing, while the charming villages and small coastal towns offer peaceful, friendly hospitality. Throughout the region you can find superb examples of traditional wooden architecture, and the larger urban centers, like Bergen and Stavanger, combine modern facilities with historical monuments. The area is famous for its seafood and fresh mountain water, so make sure to sample the local specialties.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.