7 days in Canton of Bern Itinerary

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Fly to Zürich Airport, Drive to Bern
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Bern
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Grindelwald
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from the city and head to Parasailing & Paragliding and Barenpark. Museum of Communication and Artilleriewerk Faulensee will appeal to museum buffs. Go for a jaunt from Bern to Interlaken to see Harderkulm about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, take an in-depth tour of Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum, and see the interesting displays at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern road trip planner.

Washington, USA to Bern is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Washington in May, things will get slightly colder in Bern: highs are around 66°F and lows about 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald — 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Grindelwald-First, take an in-depth tour of Grindelwald Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and then admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall.

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You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 17th (Mon), 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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