17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Zurich
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Bern
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Dubai

5
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
We've included these beaches for you: Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Seebad Eich. Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Confiserie Sprunglifor some retail therapy. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona (in Glarus), Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne) and Natur- und Tierpark Goldau (in Goldau). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, kick back and relax at Strandbad Sursee, take in panoramic vistas at Zytturm Clocktower, and stroll through Bad Hirsgarten.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Zurich, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Zurich is colder than Dubai - with highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Natur- und Tierpark Goldau, Bad Hirsgarten, Mt Pilatus, Seebad Eich, Caumasee
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau ©
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona ©
Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Head to UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOONfor plenty of shopping. Get outdoors at Tierpark Dahlholzli and Elfenau. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Adelboden (in Adelboden), Vieille Ville de Thoune (in Thun) and Simmenfalle (in Lenk im Simmental). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Federal Building (Bundeshaus), contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, take in the views from Kornhausbrucke, and take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bern trip itinerary builder tool .

Take a train from Zurich to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Bern, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Simmenfalle, Adelboden, Vieille Ville de Thoune
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Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle
Adelboden ©
Adelboden
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Maennlichen and Backdoor Snowboard, Ski, Bike & Running Shop. Step out of the city life by going to Jungfraujoch and Pfingstegg. Change things up with a short trip to Air-Glaciers, S.A. in Lauterbrunnen (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: hike along The Eiger Trail, see the interesting displays at Grindelwald Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Royal Walk, and admire the verdant scenery at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Grindelwald tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Bern to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Air-Glaciers, S.A.
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh, stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli, take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte, then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Village, and finally admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hohematte Park, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Alpenwildpark, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner .

Interlaken is just a short distance from Grindelwald. July in Interlaken sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte
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Schynige Platte ©
Schynige Platte
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Parasailing & Paragliding

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 28th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then take in the awesome beauty at Breithorn, and finally fly down the slopes at Trockener Steg. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Hohbalmen, then stop by Laderach, and then hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Zermatt vacation maker site .

Getting from Interlaken to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Winter Sports
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Breithorn ©
Breithorn
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School ©
Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School

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