12 days in Switzerland & Colmar Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
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Bern, Switzerland
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Gimmelwald, Switzerland
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Sion, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

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 30th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Jardin Anglais.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planning website.

Charlotte, USA to Geneva is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Geneva, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Charlotte in December: high temperatures in Geneva hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Bern.
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Parks · Nature · Museums
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Aare River, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Planetenweg, then identify plant and animal life at Einsiedelei St. Verena, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally stroll through Gurten.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bern tour builder app.

Drive from Geneva to Bern in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Geneva in December, Bern is a bit cooler at night with lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Old Town, then make a trip to Statue of Liberty, and then wander the streets of Little Venice. Here are some ideas for day two: cruise along Vins Sipp Mack, then make a trip to Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colmar trip builder tool.

You can drive from Bern to Colmar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Bern in January since evenings lows in Colmar dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Gimmelwald.
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Gimmelwald, Switzerland — 2 nights

Gimmelwald is a small village in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, halfway up the mountain between Stechelberg and Mürren, at an elevation of 1363 meters (4472 feet). On the 5th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to 007 Walk of fame - Schilthorn, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Allmendhubel, then relax and rejuvenate at Alpines Sportzentrum Murren, and finally trek along Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli.

For maps and more tourist information, use the Gimmelwald online trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Colmar to Gimmelwald with the Route module. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colmar in January; daily highs in Gimmelwald reach 1°C and lows reach -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sion.
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Sion, Switzerland — 2 nights

Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. On the 7th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Tourbillon, then see some colorful creatures with Go-Diving, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Anzere Spa & Wellness, and finally admire the landmark architecture of House of Supersaxo.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Sion travel planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gimmelwald to Sion. When traveling from Gimmelwald in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Sion, with highs around 5°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -2°C. You'll set off for Geneva on the 8th (Sun).
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Geneva, Switzerland — 1 night

Capital of Peace

On the 8th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, stroll through Bains des Paquis, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Geneva travel site.

Traveling by car from Sion to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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Bernese Oberland travel guide

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Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Waterfalls
Surrounding Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Bernese Oberland embodies Swiss-style comfort with its richly decorated chalets. The region abounds with famous, family-friendly ski resorts; ski tours take you to pristine Alpine peaks offering skiing for all skill levels. Itineraries here can include ice climbing, ski sailing, and marvelling in the beauty of the Alps and mirroring lakes below. Find yourself at the top of the continent with a ride to Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 m (11,332 ft) above sea level.
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