15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Zurich
— 4 nights
2
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
3
Zermatt
— 4 nights
4
Bern
— 3 nights

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Rhine Falls. Step out of Zurich to go to Eich and see Seebad Eich, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, stop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Zurich reach 76°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Mt Pilatus, Seebad Eich
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Visiting Jungfraujoch and Trümmelbachfälle will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, and glide through the air with Airtime Paragliding.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip builder tool.

You can drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta". Get outdoors at Gornergrat and Parasailing & Paragliding. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", and trek along 5-Seenweg.

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Traveling by train from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Chateau de Chillon and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to Creux du Van in Gorgier (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schynige Platte, and enjoy breathtaking views from Gurten.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bern attractions planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. August in Bern sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Interlaken, Chateau de Chillon, Schynige Platte, Creux du Van
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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