17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Switzerland trip planner

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Bern
— 3 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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Engelberg
— 1 night
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Zurich
— 7 nights
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Bern

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Family-friendly places like Parasailing & Paragliding and Clock Tower - Zytglogge will thrill your kids. Step out of Bern with an excursion to Oeschinen Lake in Kandersteg--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Bern, contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, and explore and take pictures at Gurten.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bern trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Bern is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Singapore to Bern due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, expect Bern to be cooler, temps between 5°C and -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, then stroll around Jardin Anglais, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): get curious at CERN, then ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Geneva vacation planning website.

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Geneva sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

Montreux

— 1 night
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 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, then examine the collection at Chaplin's World, and then hunt for treasures at Christmas Market in Montreux.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Childrens Museums · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zermatt

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then tour along fresh powder with Sunnegga.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder app.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Engelberg.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Engelberg

— 1 night
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis and then make a trip to Kloster Engelberg - Benediktinerabtei.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Engelberg trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Engelberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. December in Engelberg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature · Parks

Zurich

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will enjoy Old Town and Lake Lucerne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lion Monument) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain, browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

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Traveling by car from Engelberg to Zurich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.