24 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Eastern Germany Itinerary

24 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Eastern Germany Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Dallas, United States
+3
Tram + Foot + Fly + Train:  19 h 30 min
1
Stresa, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8 h 15 min
2
Freyburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Quedlinburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Tangermuende, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 9 nights
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Dallas, United States

2
nights
Stresa, Italy

Stresa ©
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palazzo Borromeo and Borromeo Palace. Step off the beaten path and head to Isola Bella and Le Serenelle. Step out of Stresa with an excursion to Santuario Madonna della Punta in Maccagno--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Epoque Antichita e Restauro, make a trip to Piazza della Chiesa, and get outside with Suna Beach - Pool & Lounge Bar.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Stresa trip maker.

Dallas, USA to Stresa is an approximately 18- hour combination of tram, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of tram and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Dallas to Stresa. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Stresa to be a bit cooler, temps between 75°F and 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Freyburg.

Things to do in Stresa

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lake Maggiore, Verbania, Isola Bella, Chiesa Vecchia dedicata a Santa Maria, Piazza della Chiesa
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Isola Bella ©
Isola Bella
Palazzo Borromeo ©
Palazzo Borromeo
Chiesa di San Vittore ©
Chiesa di San Vittore

2
nights
Freyburg, Germany

Freyburg ©
Freyburg is a town in the Burgenlandkreis district, in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rotkaeppchen and Schloss Neuenburg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz and FilmBurg Querfurt. Explore Freyburg's surroundings by going to Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen (in Halle (Saale)), Burg & Schloss Allstedt (in Allstedt) and Irrgarten Altjessnitz (in Jessnitz). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Naumburger Wein Und Sektmanufaktur and make a trip to Wenzelsturm.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Freyburg tour builder site.

Explore your travel options from Stresa to Freyburg with the Route module. While traveling from Stresa, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Freyburg, ranging from highs of 67°F to lows of 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Quedlinburg.

Things to do in Freyburg

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Naumburg, FilmBurg Querfurt, Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz, Landesweingut Kloster Pforta, Marktkirche Unser Lieben Frauen
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Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz ©
Gartenreich Dessau-Worlitz
Burg & Schloss Allstedt ©
Burg & Schloss Allstedt
FilmBurg Querfurt ©
FilmBurg Querfurt

2
nights
Quedlinburg, Germany

Quedlinburg ©
Quedlinburg is a town situated just north of the Harz mountains, in the district of Harz in the west of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. On the 17th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Blasiikirche, then don't miss a visit to Josephskreuz, then go deep underground at Erlebniszentrum Bergbau Rohrigschacht Wettelrode, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Cyriakus. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sternkiekerturm, appreciate the extensive heritage of Altstadt Quedlinburg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Marktkirche St. Benedikti, then get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Wernigerode, then admire the striking features of Krummelsches Haus, and finally explore the historical opulence of Wernigerode Castle.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Quedlinburg journey planning app.

You can drive from Freyburg to Quedlinburg in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tangermuende.

Things to do in Quedlinburg

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Wernigerode, Erlebniszentrum Bergbau Rohrigschacht Wettelrode, Josephskreuz, St Cyriakus
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Altstadt Quedlinburg ©
Altstadt Quedlinburg
Wernigerode Castle ©
Wernigerode Castle
Blasiikirche ©
Blasiikirche

2
nights
Tangermuende, Germany

Tangermuende ©
On the 19th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Kloster Arendsee, then explore the activities along Arendsee, and then make a trip to Rossfurt mit Elbtor. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Sonnenobservatorium von Goseck, steep yourself in history at Dom St.Nikolai, then make a trip to Tangermunder Tor, then don't miss a visit to Neustadter Tor, and finally step into the grandiose world of Burg Tangermunde.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tangermuende trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Quedlinburg to Tangermuende takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Frankfurt (Oder).

Things to do in Tangermuende

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Stendal, Arendsee, Sonnenobservatorium von Goseck
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Burg Tangermunde ©
Burg Tangermunde
Dom St.Nikolai ©
Dom St.Nikolai
Neustadter Tor ©
Neustadter Tor

4
nights
Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Frankfurt (Oder) ©
Explore hidden gems such as Klosterbrauerei Neuzelle GmbH and Dokumentationszentrum Alltag der DDR. Get some cultural insight at Museum Friedland and Kloster Neuzelle. Venture out of the city with trips to Plastinarium (in Guben), Windmuhle Straupitz (in Straupitz) and Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz (in Lubben).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt (Oder) trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Tangermuende to Frankfurt (Oder) takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Frankfurt (Oder)

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Neuzelle, Plastinarium, Dom St. Marien, Windmuhle Straupitz, Dokumentationszentrum Alltag der DDR
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Plastinarium ©
Plastinarium
Museum Friedland ©
Museum Friedland
Dokumentationszentrum Alltag der DDR ©
Dokumentationszentrum Alltag der DDR

9
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mitte and Pergamonmuseum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Potsdam's Gardens. Change things up with a short trip to Neue Kammern in Potsdam (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, make a trip to East Side Gallery, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin online holiday maker.

Drive from Frankfurt (Oder) to Berlin in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Potsdam, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum

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