17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  9​h
1
Zurich
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bern
— 3 nights
3
Murren
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Montreux
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  11​h
End: Doha

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and ARTBOX.GALLERYfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Strandbad Mythenquai. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Bourbaki Panorama, Ufschotti Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt), admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, take an in-depth tour of Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip itinerary builder website .

Doha, Qatar to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Doha to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Zurich is much colder than Doha - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Kindermuseum Creaviva. You'll explore and learn at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum and Museum of Natural History of Bern. Explore Bern's surroundings by going to Lenk im Simmental (Simmenfalle & Sibe Brunne). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost, appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, and contemplate the long history of Central Railroad Station.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bern day trip planning website .

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Bern sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Murren.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Kindermuseum Creaviva ©
Kindermuseum Creaviva
Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) ©

3
nights
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
Escape the urban bustle at Jungfraujoch and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, take some stellar pictures from Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and stroll through Via Ferrata.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Murren attractions planner.

Drive from Bern to Murren in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

4
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mountaineers' Cemetery and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Get a sense of the local culture at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis and Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta". Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Grimentz-Zinal cable car link (in Grimentz) and Sentier des Planetes (in Saint-Luc). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, tee off at Golf Club Matterhorn, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Riffelberg "Bruder Klaus".

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt online trip planner .

You can take a train from Murren to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sentier des Planetes, Grimentz-Zinal cable car link
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 31st (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then take in the pleasant sights at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye, and finally examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Montreux trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

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