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

Step out of the city life by going to Aare River and Barenpark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Biel: The Factory Escape Game (in Courtetelle), Gurten (in Wabern) and Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, Adrian von Bubenberg-Denkmal, &more).

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Biel trip itinerary maker tool.

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. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in December, expect Biel to be a bit cooler, temps between 39°F and 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive 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.
On the 10th (Tue), hit the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, hit the slopes at Tschentenalp, hit the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, then hit the slopes at Adelboden, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Trottiland, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle. Here are some ideas for day two: catch a ride on Bergbahnen Lenk, stroll through Alprundweg Leiterli, and then get answers to all your questions at Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Biel to Lenk im Simmental in 2 hours. When traveling from Biel in December, plan for little chillier days in Lenk im Simmental, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough 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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then hit the slopes at Rodelbahn Oeschinensee, and finally look for gifts at Trummer Woodcarving. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shake up your sightseeing with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig, don't miss a visit to Lotschberg Summit Tunnel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, then don't miss a visit to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, then explore the activities along Thunersee, and finally take in the views from Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandersteg attractions planner.

Drive from Lenk im Simmental to Kandersteg in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Titlis and Grindelwald-First. Get out of town with these interesting Grindelwald side-trips: Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui), Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen) and Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg (in Murren). The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village, and hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald tour builder website.

You can drive from Kandersteg to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Hohematte Park), Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, &more) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip website.

Drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Zurich are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 30°F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Canton of Bern travel guide

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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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