7 days in Canton of Bern Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Grindelwald
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Grindelwald
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Bern
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Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Washington

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Grindelwald — 1 night

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Grindelwald-First, get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg, and then stroll through Maennlichen. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall.

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Washington, USA to Grindelwald is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Grindelwald due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bern.
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Bern — 4 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Step out of the city life by going to Parasailing & Paragliding and Barenpark. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Swiss Chocolate Chalet. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Interlaken (Harderkulm & Alpenwildpark) and Artilleriewerk Faulensee (in Faulensee). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), and get engrossed in the history at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum.

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You can drive from Grindelwald to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 44°F. On the 19th (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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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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