15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + train:  14​h 45​min
1
Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Zurich
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll explore and learn at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Do some cultural sightseeing at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Klingende Sammlung. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Creux du Van (in Neuchatel). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, examine the collection at Swiss Brand Museum, view the masterpieces at SOON Galerie, and engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bern online trip itinerary planner .

Detroit, USA to Bern is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Detroit to Bern due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in August, Bern is slightly colder at night with lows of 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Nature

Side Trips

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Museum HR Giger, Creux du Van
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Montreux trip builder .

Drive from Bern to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Get outdoors at Maennlichen and Aletsch Glacier. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Grindelwald: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen) and The Matterhorn (in Zermatt). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, look for gifts at Molitor, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger Trail.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald road trip website .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Zermatt, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Molitor, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Fraumünster Church. Museum-lovers will get to explore Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and Zunfthaus zur Meisen. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Lake Lucerne, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

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

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

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

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