14 days in Interlaken & Zermatt Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Interlaken
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Interlaken
— 8 nights
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Zermatt
— 5 nights
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Interlaken — 8 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Maennlichen. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kleine Scheidegg and Sherlock Holmes Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Murren (Blumental Panorama Trail, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, &more), Zurich (Old Town & Lake Zurich) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, fly like a bird with Airtime Paragliding, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip builder site.

Washington DC, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Interlaken. In September, Interlaken is slightly colder than Washington DC - with highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Bring the kids along to Gornergrat and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. Get some cultural insight at Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Kapelle Riffelberg "Bruder Klaus". Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zermatt: Sion (Domaines des Iles, Chateau de Tourbillon, &more), Musee du safran (in Mund) and Riederalp (in Riederalp). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, explore the activities along Riffelsee, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour planner.

Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.
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