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

Visiting Aare River and Bozingenberg will get you outdoors. Explore Biel's surroundings by going to Bern (Room Escape Games, Clock Tower - Zytglogge, &more), Creux du Van (in Gorgier) and Basel (Zoo Basel, Basel Minster, &more).

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Biel trip planning website.

Washington DC, USA to Biel is an approximately 15-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Biel, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Washington DC in December, with highs in Biel at 39°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive 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.
Visiting Skigebiet Metsch and Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz will get you outdoors. Explore Lenk im Simmental's surroundings by going to Lauenensee (in Lauenen), Adelboden (Tschentenalp, Adelboden, &more) and Pedestrianised Promenade and Shopping Mile (in Gstaad). There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, appreciate the extensive heritage of Historical village of Saanen, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alprundweg Leiterli, and admire the sheer force of Iffigfall.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lenk im Simmental vacation planner.

Getting from Biel to Lenk im Simmental by car takes about 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Biel in December: highs in Lenk im Simmental hover around 34°F, while lows dip to 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) 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 16th (Mon), explore the activities along Oeschinen Lake, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rodelbahn Oeschinensee, and finally don't miss a visit to Lotschberg Summit Tunnel. On your second day here, shake up your sightseeing with Kandersteg-Allmenalp Klettersteig, trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, explore the activities along Thunersee, deepen your understanding at Tropenhaus Frutigen, then make a trip to Fussgaenger-Hangebruecke, and finally stop by Trummer Woodcarving.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandersteg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Kandersteg takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Titlis and Grindelwald-First. Venture out of the city with trips to Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui), Luftseilbahn Wengen-Mannlichen (in Wengen) and Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg (in Murren). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, trek along Wanderung Bussalp - Bort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Kandersteg to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Zurich and Rigi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Hofkirche, Lion Monument, &more), Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Swiss Holiday Park Leisure Park (in Morschach). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg.

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Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 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 3rd (Fri), 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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