15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Start: Polokwane, South Africa
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 15 min
End: Polokwane, South Africa

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Staubbach Waterfall. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Old Town and Limmatquai. Venture out of the city with trips to Hofkirche (in Lucerne) and Lauterbrunnen Village (in Lauterbrunnen). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Traveling from Polokwane to Zurich, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Polokwane in December; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dresden.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lauterbrunnen
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

2
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 28th (Mon), admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, stop by Neustadt, and then look for gifts at Tradition & Form. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Elbe Sandstone Mountains, engage your brain at Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Transport Museum Dresden.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Dresden trip planning website.

You can fly from Zurich to Dresden in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Elbe Sandstone Mountains
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The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Elbe Sandstone Mountains ©
Elbe Sandstone Mountains
Neustadt ©
Neustadt

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Explore hidden gems such as THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and German Museum of Technology. Shop till you drop at Die Hackeschen Hoefe and Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen (in Oranienburg) and Lubben (Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz & Gurkenradweg Spreewald). There's more to do: wander the streets of Mitte and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip planner.

Drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lubben, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
German Museum of Technology ©
German Museum of Technology
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin

4
nights
Munich, Germany

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.
Family-friendly places like Deutsches Museum and Nymphenburg Palace will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Starnberger See and Viktualienmarkt. Spend the 5th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and stroll around English Garden.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in Munich, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Starnberger See
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Starnberger See ©
Starnberger See
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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