17 days in Geneva, Bern & Zurich Itinerary

17 days in Geneva, Bern & Zurich Itinerary

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17 days in Geneva, Bern & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  6 h
1
Geneva
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Bern
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Zurich
— 6 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Bucharest

5
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.
Chateau de Chillon and Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Bains des Paquis and Lake Geneva. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Lavaux Vineyard Terraces (in Lutry) and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards (in Montreux). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Aubonne, and see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Geneva online trip maker .

Bucharest, Romania to Geneva is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, tram, and train; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bucharest to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bucharest in September, you will find days in Geneva are a bit cooler (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Roman Columns, Chaplin's World, Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from the city and head to Maennlichen and The Eiger Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOON. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken), Interlaken (Speed Boats Tours & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Jungfraujoch, hit the slopes at First, browse the eclectic array of goods at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), and take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bern trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in September, Bern is little chillier at night with lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding

6
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Mt Pilatus and Ufschotti Park will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Swiss National Museum and Old Town (Altstadt). Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument, Bourbaki Panorama, & more) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, look for gifts at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and make a trip to Bellevue Square.

Before you visit Zurich, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucerne, Seebad Eich
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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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