28 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
— 4 nights
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Lenk im Simmental
— 3 nights
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Kandersteg
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald
— 5 nights
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Zurich
— 12 nights
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Biel — 4 nights

Get outdoors at Aare River and Barenpark. Get out of town with these interesting Biel side-trips: Bern (Clock Tower - Zytglogge, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, &more), Creux du Van (in Gorgier) and Basel (Basel Minster, Pfalz, &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 slightly colder in Biel: highs are around 39°F and lows about 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lenk im Simmental.
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Lenk im Simmental — 3 nights

Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Step out of the city life by going to Skigebiet Metsch and Adelboden. Explore Lenk im Simmental's surroundings by going to Adelboden (Tschentenalp & Trottiland), Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile (in Gstaad) and Lauenensee (in Lauenen). There's lots more to do: hit the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, take a memorable ride with Bergbahnen Lenk, admire the sheer force of Simmenfalle, and take in the awesome beauty at Alprundweg Leiterli.

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Drive from Biel to Lenk im Simmental in 2 hours. While traveling from Biel, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Lenk im Simmental, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can 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 17th (Tue), explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then fly down the slopes at Rodelbahn Oeschinensee, and finally look for gifts at Trummer Woodcarving. Here are some ideas for day two: shake up your sightseeing with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig, make a trip to Lotschberg Summit Tunnel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Blumental Panorama Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Thunersee, then deepen your understanding at Tropenhaus Frutigen, and finally snap pictures at Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke.

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Drive from Lenk im Simmental to Kandersteg in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can 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.
Get outdoors at Titlis and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Explore Grindelwald's surroundings by going to Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen), Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg (in Murren) and Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Village, and stroll through Maennlichen Royal Walk.

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Drive from Kandersteg to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich — 12 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 Rigi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee (in Kuessnacht am Rigi), Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, &more) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can 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. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for 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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