17 days in Zurich, Bern & Geneva Itinerary

17 days in Zurich, Bern & Geneva Itinerary

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17 days in Zurich, Bern & Geneva Itinerary

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

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lac de Claus and The Rosengart Collection. Do some cultural sightseeing at Swiss National Museum and Fondation Beyeler. Venture out of the city with trips to Jean Tinguely Museum (in Basel), Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Sammlung Oskar Reinhart (in Winterthur). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, take some stellar pictures from Lindenhof, and don't miss a visit to Niederdorf.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder website .

Bucharest, Romania to Zurich is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Bucharest in September, you will find days in Zurich are little chillier (22°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lucerne, Jean Tinguely Museum, Lac de Claus, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, Fondation Beyeler
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get outdoors at Maennlichen and Parasailing & Paragliding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Kleine Scheidegg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Neuchatel (Jeunes Rives & Lac de Neuchatel), Thunersee (in Thun) and Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls & Lauterbrunnen Village). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, enjoy breathtaking views from Schynige Platte, and explore the galleries of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Bern online vacation planner .

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bern are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Neuchatel, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte, Maennlichen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Chaplin's World and Chateau de Nyon. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Corniche Lavaux Vineyards and VerticAlp Emosson. Venture out of the city with trips to Lausanne (Place de la Palud, Musee de l'Elysee, & more), Grottes de Vallorbe (in Vallorbe) and Vieille ville (in Cossonay). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, take in the exciting artwork at RUINE Galerie, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame Basilica, and examine the collection at Chateau de Penthes.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva tour itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October in Geneva, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lausanne, Grottes de Vallorbe, Vieille ville, Chateau de Nyon, Chaplin's World
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Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chateau de Nyon ©
Chateau de Nyon

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