15 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Pittsburgh, United States
Fly:  13 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
4
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Pittsburgh, United States

3
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Canals area and Efteling. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans, browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and walk around Vondelpark.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Amsterdam attractions planner.

Pittsburgh, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Pittsburgh in June; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 68°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Canals area, Efteling
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Eisbach Wave, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munich day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

1
night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 23rd (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Schlossgarten, examine the collection at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg, and finally make a trip to Ehekarussell.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Nuremberg road trip planning website.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Schlossgarten
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg ©
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg
Schlossgarten ©
Schlossgarten

1
night
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take a stroll through Altstadt, contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, thencontemplate the long history of Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim, Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
Highlights from your plan
Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim ©
Fränkisches Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheim
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim ©
Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim

1
night
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): head outdoors with Hopfensee, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, thenexamine the collection at Museum der Stadt Fussen, thenadmire the local landmark of Stadtbrunnen, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hohes Schloss.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fussen planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Fussen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 71°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kalvarienberg ©
Kalvarienberg
Hopfensee ©
Hopfensee
Museum der Stadt Fussen ©
Museum der Stadt Fussen

3
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 26th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, admire the natural beauty at Alpenrose Landscape Gardens, pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, thenfly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thenstroll around Hohematte Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, thentrek along The Eiger, thenview the masterpieces at Galerie Wydi, and finally get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Interlaken trip planner.

Drive from Fussen to Interlaken in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Interlaken are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Furka Pass
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, thentake in the views from Spreuer Bridge, thenmake a trip to The Nine Towers, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lucerne online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Botanischer Garten and then take a stroll through Old Town. On the next day, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thenstop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg, thenvisit Niederdorf, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Munot, Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg
Highlights from your plan
Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Parasailing & Paragliding

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