19 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

19 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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19 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, admire the masterpieces at De Nieuwe Kerk, then get your game on at Museumphoto, and finally have some family-friendly fun at VR GameHouse Amsterdam.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam travel planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Amsterdam is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Amsterdam. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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ARTIS ©
ARTIS
Room Escape Games
Museumphoto ©
Museumphoto

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, then admire the striking features of Kolner Dom, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne planner .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Cologne in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Cologne sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Phantasialand
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Room Escape Games
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, then meet the residents at Zoo Frankfurt, and then admire the striking features of Romer.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Frankfurt planning app .

Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Würzburg Residence, Philosopher’s Walk
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Zoo Frankfurt ©
Zoo Frankfurt
Philosopher’s Walk ©
Philosopher’s Walk
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

2
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, then admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart. On the next day, get your game on at PowerVR Virtual Reality, then don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Schlossplatz), then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Geo Games.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Stuttgart trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Frankfurt to Stuttgart by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In December in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Fun & Games Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart
PowerVR Virtual Reality ©
PowerVR Virtual Reality

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then make a trip to Marienplatz, and finally appreciate the history behind Moriskentanzer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church and then explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planning tool .

Getting from Stuttgart to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then find something for the whole family at Parapark Zurich. On the next day, take in the views from Chapel Bridge and then get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich day trip site .

Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Chapel Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Parapark Zurich ©
Parapark Zurich
Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich

2
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in panoramic vistas at Clock Tower - Zytglogge, admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen, then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, then have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Aare River, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), and finally pause for some photo ops at Zahringerdenkmal monument.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Bern trip planner .

Traveling by train from Zurich to Bern takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Bern are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Childrens Museums Museums

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Freddie Mercury Statue
Highlights from your plan
Rose Garden (Rosengarten) ©
Rose Garden (Rosengarten)
Aare River
Aare River
Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de St-Pierre and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, then get curious at CERN, and finally ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Geneva online trip planner .

You can drive from Bern to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Geneva are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique)
Highlights from your plan
Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Room Escape Games
CERN
CERN

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