23 days in Switzerland, Alpbach & Germany Itinerary

23 days in Switzerland, Alpbach & Germany Itinerary

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23 days in Switzerland, Alpbach & Germany Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9 h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
3
Alpbach, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Fussen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Head to Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and Rotsee - Badifor some retail therapy. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Zurich and Lion Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Ruetli in Seelisberg (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt), pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Zurich planning site .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in December, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Zurich

Shopping Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rotsee - Badi, Ruetli, Lion Monument
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Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Plexus Art Gallery, admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, then stop by Maison de l'Etivaz, and finally contemplate the long history of Cathedrale de Lausanne. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Lavaux Vineyard Terraces.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lausanne vacation planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lausanne by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Alpbach.

Things to do in Lausanne

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Chateau de Chillon, Maison de l'Etivaz, Plexus Art Gallery
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces ©
Lavaux Vineyard Terraces
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

2
nights
Alpbach, Austria

Alpbach ©
Alpbach is a town in western Austria in the state of Tyrol.HistoryThe earliest written record of the name Alpbach comes from 1150, although human settlement is known to have begun there before and around the year 1000, and a bronze axe found at Steinberger Joch in 1860 suggests that the route was already in use in the Hallstatt period.Christianity was first brought to the region in the 7th and 8th centuries by Irish and Scottish monks, and the patron saint of the parish church is in fact St. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Congress Centrum and Kisslinger Kristall-Glas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kitzsteinhorn and Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone. Step out of Alpbach with an excursion to Pro-Skischule in Westendorf--about 44 minutes away. On the 28th (Fri), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschonau. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Unserer Lieben Frau Maria Himmelfahrt.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Alpbach online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Lausanne to Alpbach takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Alpbach sees daily highs of 6°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Fussen.

Things to do in Alpbach

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Rattenberg, Unserer Lieben Frau Maria Himmelfahrt, Kitzsteinhorn, Pro-Skischule
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Kitzsteinhorn ©
Kitzsteinhorn
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschonau ©
Ski Juwel Alpbachtal Wildschonau
Rattenberg - Medieval pedestrian zone ©

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Schloss Hohenschwangau and Linderhof Palace. Explore hidden gems such as Partnachklamm and Altstadt von Fuessen. Change things up with these side-trips from Fussen: Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Zugspitze & Zugspitzplatt). There's more to do: look for gifts at Sennerei Lehern and step into the grandiose world of Neuschwanstein Castle.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Fussen tour itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Alpbach to Fussen in 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Fussen can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Fussen

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein, Sennerei Lehern
Highlights from your plan
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Viktualienmarkt or Bogner. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Nymphenburg Palace. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along English Garden, explore the world behind art at New Pinakothek, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, and don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Munich road trip site .

Traveling by car from Fussen to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a train to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
Highlights from your plan
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site ©
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Popular historic sites such as Old Town and Bamberg Altstadt are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Town Walls and Cathedral of St Peter's. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuremberg: Rothenburg (Siebers Tower & Markusturm and Buttelhaus), Wildpark Schloss Tambach (in Weitramsdorf) and Seidl Confiserie (in Laaber). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, steep yourself in history at Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, and pause for some serene contemplation at The Basilica of the Vierzehnheiligen.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nuremberg vacation planner.

You can take a train from Munich to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Seidl Confiserie, Bamberg Altstadt, Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, Cathedral of St Peter's
Highlights from your plan
Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Bamberg Altstadt ©
Bamberg Altstadt
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's

4
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.
Visit East Side Gallery and Memorial of the Berlin Wall for their historical value. Head to Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) and Die Hackeschen Hoefefor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Berlin with a short trip to Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz in Lubben, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, look for gifts at AMPELMANN Shop am Gendarmenmarkt, and explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Berlin online route planner .

Traveling by flight from Nuremberg to Berlin takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz
Highlights from your plan
Die Hackeschen Hoefe ©
Die Hackeschen Hoefe
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

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