18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grindelwald
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 45​min
3
Zermatt
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Bern
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Perth

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town (Altstadt) and Grossmunster. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Bourbaki Panorama. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Mt Pilatus, & more). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, stroll through Strandbad Mythenquai, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich trip website .

Perth, Australia to Zurich is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Perth in July: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 30°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

4
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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of the city life by going to Aletsch Glacier and Mount Titlis. Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Molitor in Wengen, about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: hike along The Eiger Trail, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen, and admire all the interesting features of Jungfraujoch.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grindelwald road trip site .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Titlis, Molitor
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Titlis ©
Titlis

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Chateau de Chillon and Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie". Chaplin's World and Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Zermatt: Interlaken (Buchhandlung Boedeli, Parasailing & Paragliding, & more), Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken (in Matten bei Interlaken) and Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt tour builder app .

Take a train from Grindelwald to Zermatt in 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Interlaken, Chaplin's World, Trümmelbachfälle, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Parasailing & Paragliding

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nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Visiting Sibe Brunne and Simmenfalle will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) and Central Railroad Station. There's much more to do: take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, view the masterpieces at Galerie Rigassi by SOON, examine the collection at Schweizerisches , and shop like a local with SOON Galerie.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern online travel route planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Lenk im Simmental
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UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Sibe Brunne ©
Sibe Brunne

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