18 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Munich, Germany — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alpseebad, Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuremberg (Altstadt, St. Lorenz Church, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, examine the collection at BMW Museum, explore the activities along English Garden, and admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church.

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Bristol, UK to Munich is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Zurich.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Side Trips
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

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Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Bern.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Bern, Switzerland — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) has been added to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Bern side-trips: Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux), Interlaken (Buchhandlung Boedeli & Parasailing & Paragliding) and Montreux (Montreux Lakeside & Freddie Mercury Statue). Next up on the itinerary: visit UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and ponder the design of Zahringerbrunnen.

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You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Interlaken.
Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Adventure
Side Trips
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Titlis (in Engelberg) and Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald). Next up on the itinerary: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church, and view the masterpieces at Galerie Wydi.

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Drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Bern in December, you will find days in Interlaken are slightly colder (1°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can take a train to Zermatt.
Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Get out of town with these interesting Zermatt side-trips: Saas-Fee Ski Resort (in Saas-Fee) and Allalinhorn (in Saas-Almagell). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt.

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Take a train from Interlaken to Zermatt in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Side Trip
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

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 (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and then kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis.

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Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors
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Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.