17 days in Switzerland, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
+2
bus + Fly + train:  16​h
1
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
4
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Amsterdam, Holland
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil


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2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Chateau de Chillon and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) will appeal to history buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Aare River and Egelsee. Change things up with these side-trips from Bern: Freddie Mercury Statue (in Montreux) and Castle of Gruyeres (in Gruyeres). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Elfenau, admire the striking features of The Cathedral of Bern, admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen, and wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bern day trip planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Bern is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Bern due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in April, expect nights in Bern to be colder, around 3°C, while days are little chillier, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Castle of Gruyeres, Freddie Mercury Statue, Chateau de Chillon
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
The Cathedral of Bern ©
The Cathedral of Bern

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg, then hike along Blumental Panorama Trail, and then make a trip to Lauterbrunnen Church.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Interlaken online trip maker .

You can drive from Bern to Interlaken in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in April, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Blumental Panorama Trail, Kleine Scheidegg, Lauterbrunnen Church
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Get some historical perspective at Old Town and Fraumünster Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Bahnhofstrasse & Grossmunster). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hofkirche.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lucerne day trip website .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, daytime highs in Lucerne are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Fussen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Fussen, Germany

Fussen ©
Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, step into the grandiose world of Hohes Schloss, take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Fussen tour itinerary builder website .

Drive from Lucerne to Fussen in 3.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Fussen are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau
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Altstadt von Fuessen ©
Altstadt von Fuessen
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace and then explore the activities along English Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Haidhausen, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation planning website .

Getting from Fussen to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in April, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

4
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum. Escape the urban bustle at Hoge Veluwe National Park and Park Frankendael. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of The Jordaan, explore the world behind art at Willet-Holthuysen Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, and take in the views from Magere Brug.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Amsterdam trip maker tool .

Getting from Munich to Amsterdam by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Hoge Veluwe National Park
Highlights from your plan
The Jordaan ©
The Jordaan
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

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