15 days in Canton of Bern & Zurich Itinerary

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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Biel
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Biel
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Interlaken
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Zurich
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Biel — 2 nights

You've now added SOON Galerie to your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Klingendes Museum. Popular historic sites such as Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and Zahringerbrunnen are in your itinerary. Explore Biel's surroundings by going to Bern (French Church, Barenpark, &more).

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Washington DC, USA to Biel is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Biel due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, things will get a bit cooler in Biel: highs are around 39°F and lows about 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken — 4 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Galerie Wydi and Molitor. You'll explore and learn at Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental), Axalp (in Brienz) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). There's much more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, hike along The Eiger, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip maker tool.

Drive from Biel to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Biel in December, plan for slightly colder days in Interlaken, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 6 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Seebad Eich and Seebad Seeliken. You'll explore and learn at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Altstadt Luzern (in Lucerne). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and shop like a local with Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Interlaken in December, you will find days in Zurich are a bit warmer (41°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Canton of Bern travel guide

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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.
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