13 days in Europe Itinerary

13 days in Europe Itinerary

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Start: Denver
Fly + Train:  13 h 45 min
1
Basel
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
2
Bern
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Grindelwald
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Lucerne
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Zurich
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Denver

2
nights
Basel

Basel ©
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 26th (Thu): examine the collection at Pharmaziemuseum Universitat Basel, see the interesting displays at HeK (Haus der elektronischen Künste Basel), pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Mariastein, then examine the collection at Augusta Raurica, and finally take a stroll through Basel's Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): engage your brain at Naturhistorisches Museum Basel, pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, take an in-depth tour of Basel Historical Museum - Haus zum Kirschgarten, then browse the exhibits of Basel Historical Museum - Barfuesserkirche, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Basel.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip planning app.

Denver, USA to Basel is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Denver to Basel is 8 hours. Traveling from Denver in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 31°F in Basel. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kloster Mariastein, Augusta Raurica
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel ©
Naturhistorisches Museum Basel

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Bern

Bern ©
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 28th (Sat): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then explore the activities along Aare River, and finally wander the streets of Matte. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at French Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Ghost, and finally don't miss a visit to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bern tour planning app.

You can take a train from Basel to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Basel in December, expect slightly colder with lows of 26°F in Bern. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature
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The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Aare River
Aare River

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Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 30th (Mon), have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, hike along 5-Seenweg, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Here are some ideas for day two: glide through the air with Alpine Adventures Zermatt (Fly Zermatt), look for gifts at Laderach, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Clay Shoot Zermatt ©
Clay Shoot Zermatt
Parasailing & Paragliding
Riffelsee ©
Riffelsee

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Grindelwald

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maennlichen Romantic Trail, appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, then get great views at Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at The Wetterhorn, get outside with Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui, and then don't miss a visit to Viewing Point Schoenbuehel.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grindelwald trip maker website.

Take a train from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui, Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, Kleine Scheidegg, Viewing Point Schoenbuehel
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Maennlichen Romantic Trail ©
Maennlichen Romantic Trail
Lauterbrunnen Village ©
Lauterbrunnen Village
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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Lucerne

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at The Rosengart Collection, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, and finally examine the collection at Glasi Hergiswil. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then examine the collection at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne travel route planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. In January in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 39°F during the day and 28°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Childrens Museums Nature

Side Trips

Glasi Hergiswil, Uferpromenade Weggis
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The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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Zurich

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wasserkirche, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden, pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Kloster Einsiedeln, Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden ©
Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden

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