12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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1
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, examine the collection at German Mining Museum, catch a live event at Signal Iduna Park, thenmake a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally stroll around Westfalenpark.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Dortmund planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In May in Dortmund, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bochum
Highlights from your plan
German Mining Museum ©
German Mining Museum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium
Signal Iduna Park ©
Signal Iduna Park

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 5th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then wander the streets of Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich vacation maker site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Dortmund to Zurich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Zurich sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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 5th (Sun): get curious at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and then get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Lucerne trip website.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Lucerne sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thenexamine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Interlaken trip website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Interlaken sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen route builder tool.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milan trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Milan takes 4 hours. May in Milan sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, contemplate the long history of St Mark's Campanile, thenexamine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice travel planner.

Drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Venice can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

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

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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 12th (Sun): explore the activities along English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, explore the activities along Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Fly from Venice to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Venice in May, expect Munich to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

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

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