16 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland & Vienna Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Bring the kids along to Zoo Zurich and Verkehrshaus der Schweiz. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lake Lucerne, Lion Monument, & more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, find something for the whole family at Parapark Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich online route planner .

Toronto, Canada to Zurich is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Zurich, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz
Parapark Zurich ©
Parapark Zurich

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

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.
Bring the kids along to Swiss Vapeur Parc and CERN. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), and see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

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You can fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Swiss Vapeur Parc
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Swiss Vapeur Parc ©
Swiss Vapeur Parc
CERN
CERN

4
nights
Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Grindelwald: Zermatt (Hinterdorfstrasse & The Matterhorn). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, contemplate the waterfront views at Bachalpsee Lake, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald road trip planner .

You can drive from Geneva to Grindelwald in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Zermatt, Trümmelbachfälle
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn

1
night
Bern, Switzerland

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 15th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Barenpark, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bern trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Neighborhoods Wildlife
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
On the 16th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Stephansplatz, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Schönbrunn Zoo, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stephen's Cathedral. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Prater.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vienna road trip planner.

You can fly from Bern to Vienna in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vienna

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Zoo ©
Schönbrunn Zoo
Prater ©
Prater

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