8 days in Bern, Lauterbrunnen & Zermatt Itinerary

8 days in Bern, Lauterbrunnen & Zermatt Itinerary

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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.
On the 4th (Mon), admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, shop like a local with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, thenadmire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally make a trip to Clock Tower - Zytglogge. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the exhibits of Gruyeres Castle, examine the collection at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), take in panoramic vistas at Gurten, thenponder the design of Mosesbrunnen, and finally pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bern tour planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. In January in Bern, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wengen (Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway & Swiss Made Shop Wengen) and Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, and hike along The Eiger.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lauterbrunnen takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can 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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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway ©
Wengen Mannlichen Aerial Cableway

2
nights
Zermatt

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Saas-Fee to see Saas Fee Ski Resort about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish Church of St. Mauritius, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and cruise along Gornergrat.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt day trip website.

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

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

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

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