44 days in Switzerland, Germany & Strasbourg Itinerary

44 days in Switzerland, Germany & Strasbourg Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Rothenburg, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Strasbourg, France
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Basel, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Cologne, Germany
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Lubeck, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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Leipzig, Germany
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Dresden, Germany
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany

— 3 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 18th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Schwanheimer Dune, admire the majestic nature at Gruneburgpark, and then explore the historical opulence of Holzhausenschlosschen. On your second day here, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hauptfriedhof, then look for all kinds of wild species at MainAppelHaus Lohrberg Streuobstzentrum e.V., and then hunt for treasures at Wochenmarkt Offenbach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt online attractions planner.

Chennai, India to Frankfurt is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chennai to Frankfurt is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Chennai in August, with highs in Frankfurt at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Explore hidden gems such as Spital Bastion and St. Wolfgang's Church. Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T. and Siebers Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Burgtor und Burg, take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, don't miss a visit to Klingentor, and look for gifts at Teddyland.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Rothenburg travel planner.

Drive from Frankfurt to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Stuttgart, Germany

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 23rd (Mon), do a tasting at Kessler Sekt, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche Esslingen, and then examine the collection at Modemuseum im Schloss Ludwigsburg. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of StadtPalais – Museum fur Stuttgart, see the interesting displays at Haus der Musik - Fruchtkasten am Schillerplatz, and then examine the collection at Weissenhofmuseum im Haus Le Corbusier.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Stuttgart trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): examine the collection at Pixel Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of La Neustadt, and then sample some tasty brews at L'Echappee Biere. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Le Puits a Six Seaux, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, then stop by La Petite Manufacture des Reves, and finally learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Robert Blanck.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Strasbourg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

— 2 nights

Capital of the Black Forest

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Archaologisches Museum Colombischlossle, then pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Martin, and then stroll the grounds of Alter Friedhof. On the next day, browse the fresh offerings at Freiburger Muenstermarkt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, then pause for some serene contemplation at Narrengilde Geisterwölfe St. Peter e.V., and finally grab your bike and head to Kandel.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Freiburg im Breisgau trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Basel.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Basel, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at BakeliteMuseumArlesheim and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga di Basilea. On the next day, get great views at Pfalz, see the interesting displays at Anatomisches Museum, then stop by Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Basel trip builder.

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Basel in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Shopping

Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
On the 1st (Wed), take in panoramic vistas at Schynige Platte, then hike along Maennlichen Royal Walk, and then appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village. Keep things going the next day: explore and take pictures at BOHAG Helikopterrundflug and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

To see where to stay and tourist information, read our Interlaken itinerary planner.

Getting from Basel to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Basel in August: highs in Interlaken hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time for travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Lindenthaler Tierpark, head outdoors with Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer, and then take in the waterfront at Frankenwerft. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Alt St. Alban, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domschatzkammer, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne route builder.

Getting from Interlaken to Cologne by combination of flight and train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lubeck.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Lubeck, Germany

— 4 nights

City of Seven Spires

Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Step off the beaten path and head to Maritimes Denkmal Passat and Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck. Do some cultural sightseeing at Gunter Grass-Haus and Kunsthalle / St. Annen-Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Padi Dive Center NICEDIVE4U in Timmendorfer Strand (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum Behnhaus Draegerhaus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Marien in Lubeck, get to know the fascinating history of An der Obertrave, and take in the waterfront at Niendorfer Hafen.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Lubeck travel planning website.

You can fly from Cologne to Lubeck in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Neues Palais and Mall of Berlin. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at art4berlin GALLERY and KulturBrauerei. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Classic Remise Berlin, explore the activities along Wannsee, wander the streets of Savignyplatz, and visit Nicholas Quarter.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Berlin trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lubeck to Berlin in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Leipzig, Germany

— 5 nights

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Naumburg Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage and Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig - DIGITAL ART CENTER. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sektkellerei Rotkaeppchen and Hoefe am Bruehl. Get out of town with these interesting Leipzig side-trips: Halle (Saale) (Beatles Museum & Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte Halle), Stadtkirche St. Wenzel (in Naumburg) and Merseburg Imperial Cathedral (in Merseburg). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Karl-Heine-Kanal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Universitatskirche, explore the world behind art at Museum der Bildenden Kunste, and buy something for everyone on your list at Paunsdorf Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Leipzig journey planning tool.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Leipzig takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Leipzig can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Leipzig

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 4 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tradition & Form and Kulturpalast Dresden. Step off the beaten path and head to Parkeisenbahn and Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Meissen (Historische Altstadt & Meissen Porzellan Manufaktur & Museum). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Turkish Chamber / Turckische Cammer, examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Martin Kirche, and get great views at Winzer Lutz Muller.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Dresden road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Leipzig to Dresden in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dresden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 4 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Geigenbaumuseum and St. Peter und Paul. Escape the urban bustle at Hollentalklamm and Eckbauerbahn. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Leutaschklamm / Geisterklamm, fly down the slopes at Alpspitz, tour the pleasant surroundings at Garmisch-Classic, and get outside with Riessersee.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Dresden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Garmisch-Partenkirchen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 3 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Haidhausen and Heiliggeistkirche. Do some cultural sightseeing at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum and Schloss Schleissheim. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Flaucher, pause for some serene contemplation at Burgersaalkirche, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Alter Sudfriedhof.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich travel route builder website.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trip

Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Mainhattan

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Frankfurt trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks

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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
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.