20 days in Canton of Bern & Zurich Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Biel
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Biel
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Lenk im Simmental
— 2 nights
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Kandersteg
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 7 nights
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Biel — 2 nights

Get in touch with nature at Aare River and Barenpark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biel: Gurten (in Wabern) and Bern (Museum of Natural History of Bern, Adrian von Bubenberg-Denkmal, &more).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Biel trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Biel is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Biel. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in December: high temperatures in Biel hover around 39°F and lows are around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lenk im Simmental.
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Lenk im Simmental — 2 nights

Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, hit the slopes at Tschentenalp, tour the pleasant surroundings at Skigebiet Metsch, then fly down the slopes at Adelboden, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland, and finally admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle. On the next day, hike along Alprundweg Leiterli, catch a ride on Bergbahnen Lenk, and then get to know the fascinating history of Historical village of Saanen.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lenk im Simmental day trip site.

Getting from Biel to Lenk im Simmental by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Biel in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Lenk im Simmental, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandersteg.
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Kandersteg — 2 nights

Kandersteg is a municipality in the Frutigen-Niedersimmental administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. On the 11th (Wed), stroll through Gemmi Pass, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, and finally look for gifts at Trummer Woodcarving. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): shake up your sightseeing with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig, don't miss a visit to Lotschberg Summit Tunnel, deepen your understanding at Tropenhaus Frutigen, explore the activities along Thunersee, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, and finally make a trip to Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandersteg trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Lenk im Simmental to Kandersteg in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 5 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Take a break from the city and head to Titlis and Grindelwald-First. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg (in Murren), Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui) and Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and trek along The Eiger.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandersteg to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich — 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get outdoors at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Interlaken (Hohematte Park & Parasailing & Paragliding), Lucerne (Lion Monument, Rigi, &more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's lots more to do: visit Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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