16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly:  9​h
1
Geneva
— 1 night
train:  3​h 45​min
2
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Murren
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Bern
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Zurich
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Interlaken
— 2 nights
train + Fly:  10​h
End: Muscat

1
night
Geneva

Geneva ©
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 6th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then get great views at Cathedrale de St-Pierre, and finally examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva journey maker website .

Muscat, Oman to Geneva is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Muscat to Geneva is minus 3 hours. While traveling from Muscat, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Geneva, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
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 8th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mauritius Church Zermatt, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally get great views at Gornergrat.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt day trip app .

Getting from Geneva to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

1
night
Murren

Murren ©
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Murren trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Murren by train takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Murren

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

3
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Thunersee (in Thun) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, get engrossed in the history at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), explore the activities along Aare River, and admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bern route builder site .

Traveling by car from Murren to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thunersee, Castle of Gruyeres
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

4
nights
Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Lucerne (Mt Pilatus, Lion Monument, & more). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

2
nights
Interlaken

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and then take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schynige Platte, then get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and finally get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planning app .

Traveling by shuttle from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Brienz, Schynige Platte
Highlights from your plan
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Parasailing & Paragliding
Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz

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