16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Basel
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Lucerne
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
6
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
7
Geneva
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Los Angeles

2
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Appreciate the collections at Zoological Museum and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Zunfthaus zur Meisen are in your itinerary. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Niederdorf, learn more about the world around you at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich travel route planner .

Los Angeles, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Time (CET) is 9 hours. When traveling from Los Angeles in December, plan for much colder days in Zurich, with highs around 41°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 30°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sammlung Oskar Reinhart
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zoological Museum ©
Zoological Museum
Niederdorf
Niederdorf

2
nights
Basel

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kunsthalle Basel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Offene Kirche Elisabethen, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kloster Mariastein, take an in-depth tour of Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, then steep yourself in history at Basel Historical Museum - Musikmuseum, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel online travel route planner .

Getting from Zurich to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Basel, expect temperatures between 44°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Augusta Raurica, Kloster Mariastein, Dom von Arlesheim
Highlights from your plan
Musikmuseum ©
Musikmuseum
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel

2
nights
Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten), then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lucerne vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Basel to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Lucerne sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 29°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)

2
nights
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 30th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally steep yourself in history at Zahringerbrunnen. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Natural History of Bern, take a stroll through Matte, admire the local landmark of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip planner .

You can take a train from Lucerne to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Holy Ghost ©
Church of the Holy Ghost
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, take a stroll through Alpiglen, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail, then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald trip maker app .

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

2
nights
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 4th (Sat): play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn, then hike along 5-Seenweg, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Zermatt day trip website .

Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Golf Parks
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

2
nights
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Place de la Palud and Escaliers du Marche. Appreciate the collections at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve and Musee Ariana. When in Geneva, make a side trip to see Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) in Saint Sulpice, approximately 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, admire the architecture and history at Kawa Game, get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and get a taste of the local shopping with MB&F M.A.D.Gallery.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip itinerary builder tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Geneva in 4 hours. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lausanne
Highlights from your plan
Musee Ariana ©
Musee Ariana
Escaliers du Marche ©
Escaliers du Marche

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