20 days in Paris, Germany & Zurich Itinerary

20 days in Paris, Germany & Zurich Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Regensburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Bamberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
On the 8th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Musee National de Ceramique de Sevres, admire the masterpieces at Musee National des Arts Asiatiques - Guimet, then admire the masterpieces at Pantheon Bouddhique, then get a new perspective on nature at Galeries de Paleontologie et d'Anatomie comparee, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History. On the next day, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, examine the collection at Musee du Parfum - Fragonard, then get curious at Musee des Arts et Metiers, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Paris sightseeing planner.

Tampa, USA to Paris is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Tampa to Paris. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Tampa in February; daily highs in Paris reach 46°F and lows reach 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Childrens Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

1
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Heidelberg, Germany

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Hinterburg, then stop by Heidelberger Zuckerladen, then take an in-depth tour of Friedrich Ebert Memorial (Gedenkstatte), and finally steep yourself in history at Dicker Turm (Schloss).

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Heidelberg trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Heidelberg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. When traveling from Paris in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Heidelberg: temperatures range from 35°F by day to 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

2
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Trier, Germany

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Bischofliche Weinguter Trier, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Antonius, pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Antonius, then do a tasting at Weinatrium Wallerath, and finally contemplate the long history of Wallmauer. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Martin, stop by Rituals, then pause for some serene contemplation at Domstadt (Cathedral City), then take an in-depth tour of Freilichtmuseum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Glockengiesserei Mabilon.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trier trip planner.

Drive from Heidelberg to Trier in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Trier are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Rothenburg, Germany

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 13th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum fur Franken, contemplate the long history of Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Neumuenster, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wallfahrtskirche Mariae Heimsuchung. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of St. George Church, see the interesting displays at Haus der Geschichte Dinkelsbuhl, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., and finally stop by Kathe Wohlfahrt.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Rothenburg sightseeing tool.

Getting from Trier to Rothenburg by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In February in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Regensburg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Regensburg, Germany

One of Germany’s oldest towns and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Regensburg today offers a medieval charm not found in many of the country’s cities today.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at Kaiser- Therme in Bad Abbach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St Peter's, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maria Laeng Kapelle, then see the interesting displays at Domschatz Museum, then look for gifts at Drubba Clock & Gifts, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilika St. Emmeram.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Regensburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Regensburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bamberg.

Things to do in Regensburg

Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

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Bamberg, Germany

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
Kirche St. Maria und St. Theodor and Sankt Johannis Kirche will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bambados and Schloss Elisabethenburg. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bamberg: Fahrzeugmuseum Suhl (in Suhl), Theatermuseum Zauberwelt Der Kulisse (in Meiningen) and Glasstube Oberhof (in Oberhof). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Jakobskirche, enjoy the sand and surf at Flussbad Hainbadestelle, admire the masterpieces at Kunstpalais Erlangen, and look for gifts at Die Bierothek.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bamberg tour planner.

Traveling by car from Regensburg to Bamberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In February in Bamberg, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Bamberg

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Munich, Germany

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.
Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim and Burgersaalkirche are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and Cultural Center (Kulturzentrum Gasteig)for some retail therapy. When in Munich, make a side trip to see Dachau Palace in Dachau, approximately Dachau away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, steep yourself in history at White Rose Monument, examine the collection at Kunstareal Muenchen, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Haidhausen.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Munich journey planner.

Drive from Bamberg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In February in Munich, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Zoological Museum and The Polish Museum. Get some historical perspective at Schloss Rapperswil and Kirche Enge. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Uferpromenade Weggis (in Weggis), Fortress Furigen (in Stansstad) and Spas (in Lucerne). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Maurice de Mauriac, see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, awaken your taste buds at Gourmet Wine Travel, and learn more about the world around you at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip planner.

You can drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In February in Zurich, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

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.