11 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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Lucerne — 4 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zurich (Old Town, Lake Zurich, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, and look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip maker tool.

Manama, Bahrain to Lucerne is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manama to Lucerne is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Manama in January, expect Lucerne to be colder, temps between 4°C and -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Bern.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 9th (Mon), look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, get interesting insight from Tours, then identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge, admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, then take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally ponder the design of Ryfflibrunnen.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Bern road trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Zermatt.
Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
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Zermatt — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 11th (Wed), enjoy breathtaking views from Trockener Steg, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt trip itinerary maker tool.

You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Geneva.
Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors
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Geneva — 3 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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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.