12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Frankfurt, Germany
Drive:  2 h 15 min
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
Train:  3 h 15 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
On the 21st (Tue), examine the collection at Zeiss Planetarium, see the interesting displays at German Mining Museum, catch a live event at Signal Iduna Park, then make a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally walk around Westfalenpark.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dortmund tour itinerary planner.

Frankfurt to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5- hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Frankfurt in July: highs in Dortmund hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time 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 22nd (Wed): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip site.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Dortmund to Zurich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

few
hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Outdoors Parks Tours

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 23rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Rothenfluh Ruins, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, delve into the distant past at Unspunnen Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Wydi, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online road trip planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Rothenfluh Ruins ©
Rothenfluh Ruins

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 24th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Lauterbrunnen visit planner.

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Trails

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 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Milan day trip planner.

Getting from Lauterbrunnen to Milan by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the 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 27th (Mon), take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally make a trip to Piazza San Marco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Venice trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In July, daytime highs in Venice are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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 29th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then make a trip to Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

Discover how to plan a Munich trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Venice in July, expect Munich to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 15°C. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back 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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