22 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Belvoirpark and Walking tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Kannenfeldpark (in Basel), Einsiedelei St. Verena (in Soleure) and Augusta Raurica (in Augst). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, contemplate the long history of Lenin Apartment Zurich, get engrossed in the history at Haus zum Rech, and take a stroll through Lake Zurich, Eastern Bank.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Zurich visit planner.

Washington DC, USA to Zurich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Zurich. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in September; daily highs in Zurich reach 67°F and lows reach 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Historic Sites · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Appenzell, Switzerland

— 3 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Explore hidden gems such as Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte and St Mauritius Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Appenzell: Saurer Museum (in Arbon) and Kirchturm Heiden (in Heiden). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli, sample the tasty concoctions at Appenzeller Bier, Brauerei Locher AG, head outdoors with Hoher Kasten, and examine the collection at Museum Appenzell.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Appenzell trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zurich to Appenzell in 1.5 hours. In September in Appenzell, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, then appreciate the history behind Bergfuhrerdenkmal, then take some stellar pictures from Photopoint Kirchbrucke bridge, and finally go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Laderach, then take in the views from Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Appenzell to Zermatt with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Tours

Side Trip

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): trek along Maennlichen Romantic Trail, take in the awesome beauty at Faulhorn, then look for all kinds of wild species at Axalp, and finally admire the sheer force of Giessbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Thrill Walk Felsensteg Birg, then trek along North face Trail, then hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and finally wander the streets of Alpiglen.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Grindelwald trip planner.

Drive from Zermatt to Grindelwald in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruhmeshalle und Bavaria and Maximilianeum. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Flaucher, admire the landmark architecture of Justizpalast, walk around Westpark, Japanischer Garten, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Alter Sudfriedhof.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Munich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September in Munich, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Rothenburg, Germany

— 3 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tauberbrucke and Markusturm and Buttelhaus. The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, admire the striking features of Fleisch- und Tanzhaus, steep yourself in history at Spital Bastion, and don't miss a visit to Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Munich to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Berlin, Germany

— 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Step off the beaten path and head to Classic Remise Berlin and Urban Nation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Berlin: Potsdam (Neuer Garten & Neues Palais). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at German Resistance Memorial Center, explore the activities along Wannsee, head off the coast to Pfaueninsel, and stroll around Tempelhofer Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Berlin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Landmarks
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

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.