15 days in Switzerland, Vaduz & Germany Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, Vaduz & Germany Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland, Vaduz & Germany Itinerary

Start: Bern, Switzerland
1
Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Vaduz, Liechtenstein
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
5
Karlsruhe, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Mannheim, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
7
Mainz, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
8
Bonn, Germany
— Few hours
train:  30​min
9
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
10
Krefeld, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
11
Aachen, Germany
— 1 night
End: Aachen, Germany


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1
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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Rose Garden (Rosengarten), Clock Tower - Zytglogge and Bundesplatz. On the 25th (Thu), hunt for treasures at Federal Building (Bundeshaus), don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz, enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bern trip itinerary maker app .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. In June, daytime highs in Bern are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Schloss Trachselwald
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Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) ©
Einstein House (Einsteinhaus)
Federal Building (Bundeshaus) ©
Federal Building (Bundeshaus)
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lucerne itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Bern to Lucerne by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
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Lion Monument ©
Lion Monument

1
night
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich trip planner .

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. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for Vaduz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

1
day
Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz ©
As the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz is the country's financial and economic hub.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Vaduz Castle, then pause for some photo ops at Reclining Woman, and then see the interesting displays at Postal Museum.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Vaduz vacation planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Vaduz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Karlsruhe.

Things to do in Vaduz

Historic Sites Museums
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Vaduz Castle ©
Vaduz Castle
Postal Museum
Postal Museum

2
nights
Karlsruhe, Germany

Karlsruhe ©
One of Germany's first truly "planned" cities, Karlsruhe is naturally a center for technological development and important national institutions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Melanchthonhaus as well as Karlsruhe Palace. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Evangelische Stadtkirche, make a trip to Karlsruhe Palace, then admire the local landmark of Indianerbrunnen, then don't miss a visit to Turmberg, and finally browse the exhibits of Melanchthonhaus.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Karlsruhe itinerary planner .

Drive from Vaduz to Karlsruhe in 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Karlsruhe can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Mannheim.

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Melanchthonhaus
Highlights from your plan
Melanchthonhaus ©
Melanchthonhaus
Evangelische Stadtkirche ©
Evangelische Stadtkirche
Karlsruhe Palace ©
Karlsruhe Palace

2
nights
Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim ©
Mannheim is one of Germany’s major metropolitan and immigration centers, home to a large number of U.S.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Walking Worms, Rosengarten Mannheim and Mannheim Palace Church. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): stroll around Luisenpark Mannheim and then pause for some serene contemplation at Mannheim Palace Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mannheim tour website .

Mannheim is very close to Karlsruhe. In June, daytime highs in Mannheim are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mainz.

Things to do in Mannheim

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

Side Trip

Walking Worms
Highlights from your plan
Mannheim Palace Church ©
Mannheim Palace Church
Kunsthalle Mannheim ©
Kunsthalle Mannheim
Luisenpark ©
Luisenpark

2
nights
Mainz, Germany

Mainz ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Mainz is an elegant, modern city in Germany's largest wine-growing region and a major center for tourism.
Basilica of St. Castor has been added to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), examine the collection at Gutenberg Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mainz Cathedral (Dom), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Augustine's Church, steep yourself in history at Die Mainzer Zitadelle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), and finally contemplate the long history of Temple of Isis & Mater Magna. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Castor.

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You can take a train from Mannheim to Mainz in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Mainz are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. On the 3rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Bonn.

Things to do in Mainz

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Basilica of St. Castor
Highlights from your plan
Gutenberg Museum ©
Gutenberg Museum
Mainz Cathedral ©
Mainz Cathedral

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hours
Bonn, Germany

Bonn ©
The birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, Bonn is one of the country's oldest cities.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cherry Blossom as well as Beethoven House. On the 3rd (Fri), contemplate the long history of Beethoven House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Namen-Jesu-Kirche, and then make a trip to Cherry Blossom.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bonn trip builder app .

Getting from Mainz to Bonn by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. July in Bonn sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Bonn

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Namen-Jesu-Kirche ©
Namen-Jesu-Kirche
Beethoven-Haus Bonn ©
Beethoven-Haus Bonn

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes 4711 Eau de Cologne / Kolnisch Wasser/ 4711-Traditionshaus as well as Chocolate Museum. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Kolner Dom, steep yourself in history at Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, then sample the tasty concoctions at 4711 Eau de Cologne / Kolnisch Wasser/ 4711-Traditionshaus, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Gereon's Basilica.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cologne trip itinerary maker .

Cologne is just a stone's throw from Bonn. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Krefeld.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Saint Gereon's Basilica ©
Saint Gereon's Basilica
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen ©
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen

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nights
Krefeld, Germany

Krefeld ©
Krefeld, also known as Crefeld until 1929, is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Broich.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Krefeld online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Cologne to Krefeld by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. In July, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 62°F. You will leave for Aachen on the 8th (Wed).

Things to do in Krefeld

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muelheim an der Ruhr
Highlights from your plan
Museum Burg Linn ©
Museum Burg Linn
Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr ©
Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr
Schloss Broich ©
Schloss Broich

1
night
Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Markt, Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum and Elisenbrunnen. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral (Dom), make a trip to Elisenbrunnen, then stop by Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum, then make a trip to Ponttor, and finally revel in the low prices at Werksverkauf Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aachen trip maker app .

Getting from Krefeld to Aachen by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. July in Aachen sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Centre Charlemagne ©
Centre Charlemagne
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral

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