13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + train:  13​h
1
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Zermatt
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Appenzell
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Zurich
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get a sense of the local culture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Klingende Sammlung. Let the collections at Kindermuseum Creaviva and Museum of Natural History of Bern capture your imagination. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz (in Lenk im Simmental) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), examine the collection at Swiss Brand Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern travel planner.

Chicago, USA to Bern is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Bern. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chicago in September; daily highs in Bern reach 68°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Creux du Van, Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz
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Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Maennlichen and Aletsch Glacier. Get some cultural insight at Grindelwald Museum and Lauterbrunnen Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen), Jungfraujoch (in Grindelwald Area) and Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, trek along The Eiger Trail, tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen, and glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Appenzell

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Eggen-Hohenweg, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Landsgemeindeplatz, then see the interesting displays at Henry Dunant Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Heidiland. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum of Appenzell Customs, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, then see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and finally see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Appenzell vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Appenzell with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trips

Urnaesch, Landsgemeindeplatz, Heidiland, Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR, Henry Dunant Museum
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Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte
Santis der Berg ©
Santis der Berg

3
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see Biosphaere Entlebuch about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY, and stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich itinerary builder .

Drive from Appenzell to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)

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