11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich
— 2 nights
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Geneva
— 2 nights
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Montreux
— 1 night
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Zermatt
— 2 nights
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Bern
— 2 nights
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Basel
— 1 night
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Zurich — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 19th (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take a stroll through Old Town, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

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Nuremberg, Germany to Zurich is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to fly to Geneva.
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Geneva — 2 nights

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 21st (Wed), get curious at CERN, then don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally stroll around Parc Des Bastions.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Geneva trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Montreux.
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Montreux — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Montreux trip maker.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Zermatt.
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Zermatt — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 24th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat and then fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, look for gifts at Lindt Chocolate Shop Zermatt, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the galleries of Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bern.
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Bern — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum of Communication, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then stop by Whiskyness.

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You can take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Basel.
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Basel — 1 night

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): make a trip to Town Hall, wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, then explore the ancient world of Carolingian Outer Crypt, then steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, and finally admire the local landmark of Tinguely Fountain.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Basel online vacation planner.

Getting from Bern to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Thu).
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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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