11 days in Germany, France & Lucerne Itinerary

11 days in Germany, France & Lucerne Itinerary

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11 days in Germany, France & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Train:  1 h
1
Heidelberg, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
3
Colmar, France
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
End: Frankfurt, Germany


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5
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
You've now added Sonderbar Heidelberg to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Schloss Heidelberg and Alte Universitaet. Explore hidden gems such as Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) and Student Jail (Studentenkarzer). The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Heiligenberg, take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), and make a trip to Elizabeth Gate.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg day trip planning tool.

Frankfurt to Heidelberg is an approximately 1- hour train ride. You can also take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in March, expect nights in Heidelberg to be about the same, around 31°F, while days are little chillier, around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Strasbourg.

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Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Alte Universitaet ©
Alte Universitaet

1
night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Start your trip to Strasbourg by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Strasbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 41°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Colmar.

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Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul
Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune ©

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden, go for a walk through Grand Rue De Colmar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colmar day trip app.

Colmar is just a stone's throw from Strasbourg. April in Colmar sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.

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Museums Historic Sites
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Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu ©
Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu

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nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Paragliding Luzern as well as Uferpromenade Weggis. You'll explore and learn at Glasi Hergiswil and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Step off the beaten path and head to Hofkirche and Pilatus Luzern. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, take in the spiritual surroundings of Markuskirche, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, and pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner.

You can drive from Colmar to Lucerne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Uferpromenade Weggis, Glasi Hergiswil
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Glasi Hergiswil ©
Glasi Hergiswil
Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis

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night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Frankfurt trip maker website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lucerne to Frankfurt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. April in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 41°F at night. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

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