12 days in Europe Itinerary

12 days in Europe Itinerary

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12 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— Few hours
Train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
3
Lausanne
— 1 night
Train:  3​h 15​min
4
Zermatt
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
Interlaken
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Zurich
— 2 nights
End: Zurich

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Zurich

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from San Francisco to Zurich. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. You'll set off for Bern on the 16th (Fri).

Things to do in Zurich

Outdoors Parks Museums

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nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of The Cathedral of Bern, ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then appreciate the history behind Barenpark, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bern holiday maker .

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Bern are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Thunersee
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Thunersee ©
Thunersee
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

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night
Lausanne

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Lausanne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, then get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lausanne trip planner .

Getting from Bern to Lausanne by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Le Port d'Ouchy ©
Le Port d'Ouchy
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

3
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parish church of St Mauritius, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of English Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta".

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Zermatt trip builder .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Tue) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg and then get great views at Jungfraujoch.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery). On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich online vacation maker .

Getting from Interlaken to Zurich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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