23 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
2
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
3
Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
4
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
5
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
6
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 day
7
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
8
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
10
Cologne, Germany
— 3 nights
11
Schwerin, Germany
— 3 nights
12
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights

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 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, admire the striking features of Old Town Hall, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Heiliggeistkirche, and finally see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen, explore the world behind art at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, thenadmire the masterpieces at Lenbachhaus, thensee the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, and finally see the interesting displays at FC Bayern Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munich road trip site.

Chicago, USA to Munich is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Chicago to Munich. In March, daily temperatures in Munich can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim
Highlights from your plan
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Lenbachhaus ©
Lenbachhaus

1
night
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Nassauer Haus, steep yourself in history at Elisabethkirche, contemplate the long history of Hangman's Bridge, stroll the grounds of Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg, thenexamine the collection at Stadtmuseum im Fembo-Haus (City Museum at Fembo House), and finally explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Nuremberg are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg ©
Johannisfriedhof Nurnberg
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Elisabethkirche ©
Elisabethkirche

1
night
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Canaletto Blick, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Holy Cross, contemplate the long history of Stallhof, thenexplore the world behind art at Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden Art Galleries), thenexamine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally examine the collection at The Royal Porcelain Collection.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dresden trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Dresden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. March in Dresden sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Canaletto Blick ©
Canaletto Blick
Neues Grünes Gewölbe ©
Neues Grünes Gewölbe

1
night
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 27th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, take in the spiritual surroundings of Franziskanerkirche, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., thensee the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), thensteep yourself in history at Altstadt, and finally steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rothenburg day trip planning site.

You can drive from Dresden to Rothenburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Burgtor und Burg ©
Burgtor und Burg
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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.
On the 28th (Sat), examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, take a stroll through Mitte, take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, thenexamine the collection at Topography of Terror, thenstop by Berlin Racing Bikes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Palace of Tears. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Potsdam's Gardens, steep yourself in history at Neues Palais, head outdoors with Karl Foerster Garten, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Grunewald Forest, and finally explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin online visit planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Berlin in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Potsdam, Karl Foerster Garten
Highlights from your plan
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Palace of Tears ©
Palace of Tears
Neues Palais ©
Neues Palais

1
day
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, examine the collection at Dialog in the Dark, examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, thenget to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and finally contemplate the long history of St Nikolai Memorial.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Hamburg trip maker app.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Hamburg are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Lausanne.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dialog in the Dark ©
Dialog in the Dark
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

1
night
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Lausanne, get to know the fascinating history of Place de la Palud, examine the collection at Musee Historique de Lausanne, appreciate the extensive heritage of Escaliers du Marche, thenstep into the grandiose world of Palais De Rumine, and finally get curious at Museum of Zoology - Lausanne.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lausanne trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Lausanne takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne
Musee Historique de Lausanne ©
Musee Historique de Lausanne
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts ©
Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
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 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Trockener Steg, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", thentour the pleasant surroundings at 5-Seenweg, thencruise along Gornergrat, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt vacation planner.

Take a train from Lausanne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Transportation
Highlights from your plan
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Trockener Steg ©
Trockener Steg

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Augusta Raurica, explore the world behind art at Jean Tinguely Museum, examine the collection at Basel Paper Mill Museum, thenexplore the world behind art at Fondation Beyeler, and finally take a stroll through Basel's Old Town. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Musee Paleontologique de Zurich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, thentake a stroll through Niederdorf, and finally see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

You can drive from Zermatt to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In April in Zurich, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Augusta Raurica
Highlights from your plan
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler
Old Town ©
Old Town
Jean Tinguely Museum ©
Jean Tinguely Museum

3
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral and Museum Ludwig are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Chocolate Museum and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Praetorium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Gereon's Basilica, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilika St. Aposteln, and examine the collection at Kathe Kollwitz Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Cologne trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Zurich to Cologne takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April in Cologne, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Schwerin.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen ©
Heinzelmaennchenbrunnen
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig

3
nights
Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin ©
Schwerin is the capital and second-largest city of the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): hike along Pfaffenteich, head outdoors with Der Speicher, pause for some serene contemplation at Schelfkirche, take in the spiritual surroundings of Schwerin Cathedral, thenadmire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Schwerin, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss). On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a sense of history and politics at Das Arsenal am Pfaffenteich, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paulskirche, don't miss a visit to Schleifmuhle, thenbrush up on your military savvy at Dokumentationszentrum Demmlerplatz, thenexamine the collection at Grenzhus Schlagsdorf, and finally pause for some photo ops at Skulpturen "Obotrit mit Pferd".

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Schwerin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Schwerin takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Schwerin can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Schwerin

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Grenzhus Schlagsdorf
Highlights from your plan
Schwerin Cathedral ©
Schwerin Cathedral
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
Grenzhus Schlagsdorf ©
Grenzhus Schlagsdorf

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nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, explore the ancient world of Roman Bath Ruins, head outdoors with Goenneranlage, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Russe, thenadmire the masterpieces at Museum Frieder Burda, and finally try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Heidelberg Tun, steep yourself in history at Dicker Turm (Schloss), appreciate the extensive heritage of Alte Universitaet, thenexplore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, and finally examine the collection at Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Baden-Baden tour itinerary website.

Getting from Schwerin to Baden-Baden by combination of flight and train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Bernharduskirche, Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz
Highlights from your plan
Stiftskirche Baden-Baden ©
Stiftskirche Baden-Baden
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz ©
Automuseum Dr. Carl Benz

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