13 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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Dortmund, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Dortmund, Germany

— 2 nights

Green Metropolis

Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): see the interesting displays at DASA, see where the action happens at Signal Iduna Park, make a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), then stroll around Westfalenpark, then putt your heart out at Glowing Rooms 3D Schwarzlicht Minigolf, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marienkirche.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Fun & Games · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, visit Haidhausen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asamkirche, and finally don't miss a visit to Marienplatz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, and then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

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Getting from Dortmund to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Dortmund in January since evenings lows in Munich dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Venice, Italy

— 2 nights

City of Romance

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and then admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza San Marco, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Venice trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Munich to Venice in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in January; daily highs in Venice reach 9°C and lows reach 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Milan, Italy

— 1 night

Fashion Capital of World

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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally see La Casa Maledetta.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Milan travel route website.

You can drive from Venice to Milan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. February in Milan sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then delve into the distant past at Rothenfluh Ruins, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and finally explore the ancient world of Unspunnen Castle.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Milan to Interlaken by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in February, with highs in Interlaken at 5°C and lows at -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

— 2 nights
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Burgkirche Raron and Talmuseum Lauterbrunnen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Jungfraujoch and Riederalp. Get out of town with these interesting Lauterbrunnen side-trips: Skigebiet Metsch (in Lenk im Simmental) and Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael (in Raron). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Waterfall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lauterbrunnen Church.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen online trip itinerary builder.

Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hofkirche.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne road trip site.

Drive from Lauterbrunnen to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

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Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Zurich, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -1°C at night. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
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.