30 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

30 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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30 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mannheim, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
5
Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
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Aigle, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Praz Sur Arly, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
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Avignon, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
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Tours, France
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Rennes, France
— 8 nights
Drive:  7​h
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Chalon-sur-Saone, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
12
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
13
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
14
Mannheim, Germany
— Few hours
train:  45​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get great views at Main Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Frankfurt, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip planner .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to take a train to Mannheim.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Zoo Frankfurt ©
Zoo Frankfurt
Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Romer ©
Romer

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Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim ©
Mannheim is one of Germany’s major metropolitan and immigration centers, home to a large number of U.S.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Paradeplatz.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mannheim online vacation builder .

Getting from Frankfurt to Mannheim by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. August in Mannheim sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Mannheim

Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Luisenpark Mannheim ©
Luisenpark Mannheim
Schloss Mannheim ©
Schloss Mannheim
Paradeplatz ©
Paradeplatz

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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 3rd (Sat): stroll around Lichtentaler Allee.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Baden-Baden trip planner .

Traveling by train from Mannheim to Baden-Baden takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Baden-Baden sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
MerkurBergbahn ©
MerkurBergbahn

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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 5th (Mon): examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo de Servion.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lausanne online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Lausanne takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Lausanne

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

Zoo de Servion
Highlights from your plan
Zoo de Servion ©
Zoo de Servion

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Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyeres ©
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Pisciculture de la Gruyere, putt your heart out at Moleson Bob-luge, see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, then see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Theodule.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gruyeres online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Lausanne to Gruyeres in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Aigle.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Moleson, Pisciculture de la Gruyere
Highlights from your plan
Pisciculture de la Gruyere ©
Pisciculture de la Gruyere
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres
Museum HR Giger ©
Museum HR Giger

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Aigle, Switzerland

Aigle ©
Aigle is a historic town and a municipality and the capital of the district of Aigle in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland.The official language of Aigle is French.GeographyAigle lies at an elevation of 415m about 13km south-southeast of Montreux. Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum of Viticulture and Wine (Musee de la Vigne et du Vin). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Lavey-les-Bains, explore the fascinating underground world of The Bex Salt Mines, and then learn about winemaking at Aigle Castle.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Aigle trip builder site .

Getting from Gruyeres to Aigle by car takes about an hour. In August in Aigle, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Praz Sur Arly.

Things to do in Aigle

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

The Bex Salt Mines, Lac de Tanay
Highlights from your plan
The Bex Salt Mines ©
The Bex Salt Mines
Jardin Instinctif ©
Jardin Instinctif

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Praz Sur Arly, France

Praz Sur Arly ©
Family-friendly places like Les Gorges de la Diosaz and Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Praz Sur Arly: Jardin botanique Alpin de la Jaysinia (in Samoens), Le Col de la Forclaz (in Talloires) and Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval (Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval & River Rafting & Tubing).

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Praz Sur Arly sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Aigle to Praz Sur Arly in 2 hours. Traveling from Aigle in August, expect nights in Praz Sur Arly to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Avignon.

Things to do in Praz Sur Arly

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex, Barrage et Site de Roselend, Jardin alpin La Jaysinia, Les Gorges de la Diosaz
Highlights from your plan
Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval ©
Le Cirque du Fer a Cheval
Jardin alpin La Jaysinia ©
Jardin alpin La Jaysinia
Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex ©
Grotte et Cascade de Seythenex

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Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Attractions like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon make great kid-friendly stops. When in Avignon, make a side trip to see Carrieres des Lumieres in Les Baux de Provence, approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, see the interesting displays at Musee Angladon, get engrossed in the history at Musee Calvet, and step off the mainland to explore Ile de la Barthelasse.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Avignon planning app .

Traveling by car from Praz Sur Arly to Avignon takes 4 hours. August in Avignon sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tours.

Things to do in Avignon

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Carrieres des Lumieres
Highlights from your plan
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Wine Tours & Tastings

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Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, then walk around Parc Mirabeau, then go for a walk through Place Plumereau, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Tours trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Avignon to Tours by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Avignon in August, expect Tours to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rennes.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Chateau de Villandry
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien

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Rennes, France

Rennes ©
Many tour guides skip Rennes, a "City of Art and History," but that doesn't mean you should.
Attractions like Zoo de Champrepus and Alligator Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Rennes side-trips: Les Machines de L'ile (in Nantes), Univers du Poete Ferrailleur (in Lizio) and Mont Saint-Michel (in Mont-Saint-Michel). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Parc d'Attractions et de Loisirs, take an unorthodox tour of Carnac stones, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier et Botanique de Branfere, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Grand Aquarium.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Rennes online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Tours to Rennes in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Rennes can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Chalon-sur-Saone.

Things to do in Rennes

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Malo, Zoo de Champrepus, Univers du Poete Ferrailleur, Parc d'Attractions et de Loisirs, Planete Sauvage
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel
Zoo de Champrepus ©
Zoo de Champrepus
Alligator Bay ©
Alligator Bay

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Chalon-sur-Saone, France

Chalon-sur-Saone ©
Chalon-sur-Saône is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté in eastern France.It is a sub-prefecture of the department. Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Philibert, head outdoors with Centre Nautique du Grand Chalon, then take in the pleasant sights at Quai des Messageries, then examine the collection at Musee Nicephore Niepce, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint Vincent.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Chalon-sur-Saone travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Rennes to Chalon-sur-Saone by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car. In August, daytime highs in Chalon-sur-Saone are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Colmar.

Things to do in Chalon-sur-Saone

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Abbaye Saint-Philibert
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Saint Vincent ©
Cathedrale Saint Vincent
Musee Nicephore Niepce ©
Musee Nicephore Niepce
Abbaye Saint-Philibert ©
Abbaye Saint-Philibert

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
On the 27th (Tue), wander the streets of Little Venice, then don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colmar trip planning tool .

Getting from Chalon-sur-Saone to Colmar by car takes about 3 hours. August in Colmar sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town
Statue of Liberty ©
Statue of Liberty

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix (in Rhodes) and Mont Sainte Odile (in Obernai). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, make a trip to Barrage Vauban, pause for some photo ops at Place Kleber, and get engrossed in the history at Alsatian Museum.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Strasbourg day trip planner .

Strasbourg is just a short distance from Colmar. In August, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Mannheim.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mont Sainte Odile, Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix
Highlights from your plan
Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix ©
Parc Animalier de Sainte-Croix
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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Mannheim, Germany

Mannheim
On the 29th (Thu), ponder the design of Marktplatz Brunnen.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mannheim trip planner .

Drive from Metz to Mannheim in 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mannheim

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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