9 days in London, Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 1 night
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights


London, United Kingdom — 3 nights

The Square Mile

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
London is known for museums, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Buckingham Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye, explore the world behind art at National Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of The British Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

New York City, USA to London is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Greenwich Mean Time is 5 hours. In September, London is a bit cooler than New York City - with highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to fly to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours
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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 29th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from London to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Grindelwald.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 1 night

Glacier Village

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 30th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch and then hike along The Eiger.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Grindelwald day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Munich.
Nature · Tours · Trails · Parks
Side Trip
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Munich, Germany — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, then examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and finally explore the activities along English Garden.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich online itinerary planner.

Drive from Grindelwald to Munich in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. September in Munich sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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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.

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.