7 days in Canton of Bern Itinerary

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


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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lauterbrunnen Village, and then admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, explore the activities along Lake Brienz, take some stellar pictures from First Cliff Walk by Tissot, then hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Grosse Scheidegg.

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Washington, USA to Grindelwald is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Washington to Grindelwald, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Murren.
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Murren — 1 night

With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 16th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, then stroll through Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli, and then trek along Blumental Panorama Trail.

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Getting from Grindelwald to Murren by train takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Bern.
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Bern — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You've now added Gurten to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Waterfall, make a trip to Vieille Ville de Thoune, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, and finally don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz. On the next day, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Thun, explore the fascinating underground world of St. Beatus Hoehlen, take a memorable tour with Tours, then get great views at Harderkulm, and finally look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli.

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Take a train from Murren to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 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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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.