15 days in Belgium, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

15 days in Belgium, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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15 days in Belgium, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
+2
Bus + Fly + Train:  12​h 15​min
1
Bruges, Belgium
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  10​h 45​min
End: New York City, United States

2
nights
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges ©
The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Groeningemuseum and Salvador Dali Exhibition. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Historic Centre of Brugge and Basilica of the Holy Blood. Go for a jaunt from Bruges to De Panne to see De Panne Beach about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to The Markt, go for a walk through Walplein, look for gifts at Carpentier-Goegebeuer, and enjoy breathtaking views from Belfry of Bruges.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Bruges online itinerary builder .

New York City, USA to Bruges is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, train, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Bruges at 67°F and lows at 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

De Panne Beach
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Historic Centre of Brugge ©
Historic Centre of Brugge
Groeningemuseum ©
Groeningemuseum
Basilica of the Holy Blood ©
Basilica of the Holy Blood

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Get some historical perspective at Grand Place and St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule). Get a sense of the local culture at Atomium and Horta Museum (Musee Horta). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), admire the masterpieces at Magritte Museum, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the City of Brussels (Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles), and make a trip to Belgian Comic Strip Center.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brussels route builder .

Take a train from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Atomium ©
Atomium

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Schloss Neuschwanstein and St. Michael's Church. Step off the beaten path and head to Schloss Linderhof and Partnachklamm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Schloss Hohenschwangau (in Hohenschwangau) and Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (in Dachau). There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Munich trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Brussels to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, Partnachklamm, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm

2
nights
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 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Neumuenster, explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), then wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and finally contemplate the long history of Town Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion, contemplate the long history of Schloss Veitshöchheim, then contemplate the long history of Marienburg Fortress, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Wurzburg
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Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Grossmunster. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and Ufschotti Park. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Titlis (in Engelberg) and Mt Pilatus (in Lucerne).

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich road trip website .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In June, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Titlis
Highlights from your plan
Titlis ©
Titlis
Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus

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