17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Atlanta, United States
Fly:  14​h
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Vienna, Austria
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Atlanta, United States

2
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.
Get in touch with nature at Strandbad Muggelsee and Strandbar Mitte. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Strandbad Tegeler See and Strandbad Wannsee. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip planner .

Atlanta, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET) is 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Strandbad Muggelsee ©
Strandbad Muggelsee
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

2
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, wander the streets of Historic Center of Vienna, then don't miss a visit to Peterskirche Wien, then step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Copa Beach, see the interesting displays at Imperial Palace (Hofburg), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Karlskirche, and finally admire the masterpieces at Belvedere Palace.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Vienna trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Salzburg.

Things to do in Vienna

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

3
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
We've included these beaches for you: Badestrand Hallstatt and Offentlicher Badeplatz Brauwiese. Fortress Hohensalzburg and Salzburg Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Parish of the Assumption (in Hallstatt) and Pfarre St. Wolfgang (in St. Wolfgang). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, contemplate the long history of Salzburger Altstadt, browse the exhibits of Residenzgalerie Salzburg, and see the interesting displays at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus).

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Salzburg trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Salzburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. June in Salzburg sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Hallstatt, Pfarre St. Wolfgang, Fuschlsee Rundweg, Offentlicher Badeplatz Brauwiese
Highlights from your plan
Fortress Hohensalzburg ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus) ©

2
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.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, explore the activities along English Garden, then explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and finally wander the streets of Haidhausen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asam Church, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Munich day trip website .

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Munich sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 9th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Frankoniabrunnen, explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, explore the historical opulence of Marienburg Fortress, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, then make a trip to Altstadt, and finally steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally contemplate the long history of Spital Bastion.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wurzburg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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 11th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, then trek along The Eiger Trail, then fly down the slopes at Maennlichen, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, trek along Blumental Panorama Trail, then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and finally head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Interlaken trip builder website .

Drive from Rothenburg to Interlaken in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In June in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald, Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Blumental Panorama Trail, Trümmelbachfälle
Highlights from your plan
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, then wander the streets of Old Town, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ufschotti Park, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Zurich sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Ufschotti Park
Highlights from your plan
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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