12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + Train:  11​h 45​min
1
Bern
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Montreux
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Grindelwald
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Zurich
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Let the collections at Bernisches Historisches Museum - Einstein Museum and Kindermuseum Creaviva capture your imagination. Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center) and Klingende Sammlung are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Creux du Van in Neuchatel (about 1h 20 min away). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in the exciting artwork at SOON Galerie, pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument, and engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Bern is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Traveling from Toronto in August, Bern is slightly colder at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Bern

Museums Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Creux du Van
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Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

1
night
Montreux

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bern to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards ©
Corniche Lavaux Vineyards

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Aletsch Glacier and The Eiger Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Grindelwald: Lauterbrunnen (Lauterbrunnen Village & Trümmelbachfälle). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, shop like a local with Molitor, and take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Montreux to Grindelwald takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) and Old Town are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Fraumünster Church and Haus zum Rech. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Seebad Eich (in Eich) and Lucerne (Bourbaki Panorama, Ufschotti Park, & more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mythenquai, and pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lucerne, Seebad Eich
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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