12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Geneva
train:  3​h 45​min
1
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
2
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Geneva
— 1 night
train:  1​h
4
Montreux
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Interlaken
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lucerne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Zurich
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Dubai

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gornergrat, Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the views from Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): take a memorable ride with Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and then travel the rails with Gornergrat.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip maker site .

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Transportation Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise ©
Matterhorn Glacier Paradise
Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge ©

3
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Keep things going the next day: stroll through Grindelwald-First.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald trip planner .

Getting from Zermatt to Grindelwald by train takes about 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First

1
night
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 4th (Fri), admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Geneva journey maker website .

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major airports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
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The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

1
day
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lakeside Promenade Fleuri as well as Chateau de Chillon. On the 5th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Chillon and then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Montreux road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Geneva to Montreux takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Bern.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Omega Museum has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, contemplate the long history of Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), and then see the interesting displays at Omega Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Montreux to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bern are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Omega Museum
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Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Omega Museum ©
Omega Museum

few
hours
Interlaken

Interlaken
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken day trip site .

Traveling by car from Bern to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in October, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off toZermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Tours
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1
night
Lucerne

Lucerne
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Mt Pilatus. On the 12th (Sat), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lucerne trip planner .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. On the 13th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Parks Museums
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1
night
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 13th (Sun), admire the sheer force of Rhine Falls and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Old Town and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich sightseeing planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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