12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bern
— 1 night
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
3
Montreux
— 1 night
4
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
5
Zurich
— 4 nights

1
night
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, shop like a local with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, thenhunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), thentake in the history at Haus Der Religionen - Dialog Der Kulturen, and finally stop by Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Durban, South Africa to Bern is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Durban to Bern. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Durban in December; daily highs in Bern reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Barenpark ©
Barenpark
Haus Der Religionen - Dialog Der Kulturen ©

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 25th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hohbalmen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, thenmake a trip to Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery. On the next day, trek along Murmelweg Wanderung, tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, thentake some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and finally stop by Laderach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online route planner.

Take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Hohbalmen ©
Hohbalmen

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 27th (Sun), learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, learn about winemaking at Aigle Castle, thenwalk around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, and finally step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Montreux online sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Montreux in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Aigle Castle, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes ©
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Escape the urban bustle at Maennlichen and Aletsch Glacier. Step out of Grindelwald to go to Brienz and see Axalp, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, stop by Central Sport, trek along The Eiger, and hit the slopes at Bussalp.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Montreux to Grindelwald in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Central Sport, Axalp, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Kunsthalle Luzernfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Lake Zurich and Pilatus Luzern. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Altstadt Luzern). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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