15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 2nd (Mon), admire the landmark architecture of Central Railroad Station, browse the different shops at Welle7, hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), then shop like a local with Galerie Rigassi by SOON, then stop by UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Detonation. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Ghost.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Bern trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Bern is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Bern. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Riyadh in November, with highs in Bern at 10°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Zurich.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
For shopping fun, head to Altstadt Luzern or ARTBOX.GALLERY. Appreciate the collections at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Venture out of the city with trips to Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Kunsthalle Luzern). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and look for gifts at Barenland.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Bern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Zurich are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt, then steep yourself in history at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sankt Benno Kirche. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then view the masterpieces at Schack-Galerie, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), stop by Anneliese Friese, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, take a stroll through Altstadt, then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Munich to Rothenburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Albertinum, then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll around Kulturpalast Dresden, don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, then look for gifts at CAMONDAS Schokoladenkontor am Schloss Dresden, and finally examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dresden road trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Dresden in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Dresden are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Shop till you drop at art4berlin GALLERY and OPEN WALLS Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Pergamonmuseum and Camera Work. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.

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.