8 days in Bern, Lauterbrunnen & Zermatt Itinerary

8 days in Bern, Lauterbrunnen & Zermatt Itinerary

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8 days in Bern, Lauterbrunnen & Zermatt Itinerary

Start: Bern
1
Bern
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Lauterbrunnen
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
3
Zermatt
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: Bern

2
nights
Bern

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get great views at The Cathedral of Bern, shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Gruyeres, examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, then ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, and finally appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bern online travel route planner .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. January in Bern sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Gruyeres Castle
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Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Clock Tower - Zytglogge ©
Clock Tower - Zytglogge

3
nights
Lauterbrunnen

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Step out of Lauterbrunnen to go to Lenk im Simmental and see Skigebiet Metsch, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall, and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen day trip planning website .

You can drive from Bern to Lauterbrunnen in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Wengen, Skigebiet Metsch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger ©
The Eiger

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Step out of Zermatt to go to Saas-Fee and see Saas Fee Ski Resort, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, make a trip to Walk of Climb, and get great views at Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Zermatt online tour planner .

You can take a train from Lauterbrunnen to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Saas Fee Ski Resort
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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