12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + Train:  10 h 30 min
1
Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Doha

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
The Cathedral of Bern and Mosesbrunnen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fondation Pierre Gianadda and Papiliorama. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Skigebiet Betelberg (in Lenk im Simmental), Swiss Vapeur Parc (in Le Bouveret) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux).

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Bern online itinerary planner .

Doha, Qatar to Bern is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Doha in December: high temperatures in Bern hover around 5°C and lows are around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Papiliorama, Swiss Vapeur Parc, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Skigebiet Betelberg, Chateau de Chillon
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc
Fondation Pierre Gianadda ©
Fondation Pierre Gianadda

4
nights
Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Matterhorn Ski Paradise and Maennlichen. Get outdoors at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls and Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway. When in Grindelwald, make a side trip to see Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis in Zermatt, approximately 2h 45 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Murrenbach Waterfalls, take some stellar pictures from Jungfraujoch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The Eiger.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Grindelwald trip planner .

You can drive from Bern to Grindelwald in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zermatt, Lauterbrunnen, Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway
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Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Swiss Science Center Technorama and Hofkirche. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Mt Pilatus, & more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Grindelwald to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Swiss Science Center Technorama
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Swiss Science Center Technorama ©
Swiss Science Center Technorama
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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