10 days in Canton of Bern & Geneva Itinerary

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Bern — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Chaplin's World. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Gruyeres (HR Giger Museum & Gruyeres Castle), Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm) and Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and examine the collection at Museum of Communication.

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Washington, USA to Bern is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington in May, with highs in Bern at 66°F and lows at 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Geneva — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

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 Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Explore Geneva's surroundings by going to Lausanne (Le Port d'Ouchy, The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

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Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Geneva sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Wengen.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites
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Wengen — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Wengen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May in Wengen, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 45°F at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
Nature · Parks · Shopping
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Canton of Bern travel guide

Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Lookouts
The Canton of Bern is home to a diverse landscape of plateaus, breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and lakes. In the capital city you'll find the Old Town, built in a loop of the river Aare. Its sandstone houses, narrow streets, fountains, and medieval atmosphere have earned it World Heritage Status. Sightseeing stops on your itinerary include the 101 m (331 ft) high platform at the Rose Garden, the bear family at Bear Park, and the Houses of Parliament that often open their doors to tourists. Shop the 6 km (3.7 mi) long covered medieval promenade, the longest shopping arcade in Europe. The boutiques, bars, and cabaret stages, some housed in vaulted cellars, are among Bern's other tourist attractions. Outside of the capital city, hike valleys and foothills, or take on the staggeringly steep mountain cliffs by ski or snowboard.