12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drive:  3 h
1
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
On the 26th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, examine the collection at German Mining Museum, see where the action happens at Signal Iduna Park, then don't miss a visit to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally stroll around Westfalenpark.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, refer to the Dortmund tour planner.

Amsterdam, Holland to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bochum
Highlights from your plan
Westfalenpark ©
Westfalenpark
German Mining Museum ©
German Mining Museum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip builder site .

Getting from Dortmund to Zurich by combination of train and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Zurich when traveling from Dortmund in December, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

few
hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): engage your brain at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken road trip site .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in December, you will find days in Interlaken are a bit cooler (34°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
On the 29th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lauterbrunnen vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
Highlights from your plan
Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

1
night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Milan trip itinerary site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lauterbrunnen to Milan. In December, plan for daily highs up to 46°F, and evening lows to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
On the 1st (Wed), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, contemplate the long history of Ponte dei Sospiri, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Venice journey builder site .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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 3rd (Fri): stroll around English Garden, get behind the scenes at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Venice in January, things will get slightly colder in Munich: highs are around 38°F and lows about 26°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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