17 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some cultural insight at Castle Kyburg and Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank. Get outdoors at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Pfaffikersee. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge, wander the streets of Schanzengraben Canal, and explore the historical opulence of Schloss Uster.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip app.

San Francisco, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Zurich is 9 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Giessbachfälle and Maennlichen Romantic Trail. Get in touch with nature at Faulhorn and Via Ferrata. Venture out of the city with trips to Axalp (in Brienz) and Allmendhubel (in Murren). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Royal Walk, visit Alpiglen, and trek along North face Trail.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Grindelwald holiday planner.

Drive from Zurich to Grindelwald in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get some cultural insight at Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta" and Intercontinental Church Society. Visiting 5 Lakes Walk and Parasailing & Paragliding will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: hike along Marmot Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, don't miss a visit to Riffelsee, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Oberrothorn.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Bern.
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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 6th (Tue): stroll around Elfenau Park, then ponder the design of Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, and finally admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost, then pause for some serene contemplation at French Church, and finally ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Bern.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Bern vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Bern sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Vienna.
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Vienna, Austria — 5 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Visit Kirche am Steinhof and Minoritenkirche for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Third Man Museum and St. Michael's Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Vienna: Stift Klosterneuburg (in Klosterneuburg), Beethovenhaus (in Baden) and Burg Liechtenstein (in Maria Enzersdorf). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Augustinerkirche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anna's Church, make a trip to Pestsäule, and get engrossed in the history at Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vienna trip planner.

You can fly from Bern to Vienna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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