48 days in Switzerland, Germany & Strasbourg Itinerary

48 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 16th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Schwanheimer Dune, admire the majestic nature at Gruneburgpark, and then explore the historical opulence of Holzhausenschlosschen. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Hauptfriedhof, then identify plant and animal life at MainAppelHaus Lohrberg Streuobstzentrum e.V., and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Wochenmarkt Offenbach.

Before you visit Frankfurt, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chennai, India to Frankfurt is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Chennai to Frankfurt due to the time zone difference. In August, Frankfurt is a bit cooler than Chennai - with highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 4 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spital Bastion and Siebers Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at St. Wolfgang's Church and Rodertor. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Neumuenster, Museum fur Franken, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., contemplate the long history of Tauberbrucke, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and don't miss a visit to Klingentor.

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You can drive from Frankfurt to Rothenburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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), learn about winemaking at Kessler Sekt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche Esslingen, and then see the interesting displays at Haus der Musik - Fruchtkasten am Schillerplatz. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Theodor-Heuss-Haus, examine the collection at Weissenhofmuseum im Haus Le Corbusier, and then get engrossed in the history at StadtPalais – Museum fur Stuttgart.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Stuttgart takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries

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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 learn the secrets of beer at L'Echappee Biere, and then contemplate the long history of La Neustadt. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Le Puits a Six Seaux, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, then look for gifts at La Petite Manufacture des Reves, and finally learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Robert Blanck.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Strasbourg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to 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): get engrossed in the history at Archaologisches Museum Colombischlossle, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Martin, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Alter Friedhof. On the 28th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Freiburger Muenstermarkt, then admire the landmark architecture of Museum fuer Stadtgeschichte, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kandel.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Freiburg im Breisgau trip planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Freiburg im Breisgau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Basel.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): examine the collection at BakeliteMuseumArlesheim and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga di Basilea. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Pfalz, then see the interesting displays at Anatomisches Museum, then look for gifts at Jakob's Basler Leckerly (Manufaktur), and finally get advice or help at Offene Kirche Elisabethen.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Basel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Freiburg im Breisgau to Basel takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Basel sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. 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), stop by The Mad Cow, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, then take a memorable drive along BOHAG Helikopterrundflug, and finally get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Interlaken day trip website.

You can drive from Basel to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Basel in August, you will find days in Interlaken are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive · Parks

Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 3rd (Fri), take a leisurely stroll along Frankenwerft, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria Himmelfahrt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Domschatzkammer, and finally don't miss a visit to Alt St. Alban. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Lindenthaler Tierpark and then get outside with Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Interlaken to Cologne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maritimes Denkmal Passat and Gunter Grass-Haus. Get some cultural insight at Burgtor-Befestigungsanlage Lubeck and St. Marien in Lubeck. Change things up with a short trip to Padi Dive Center NICEDIVE4U in Timmendorfer Strand (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Buddenbrookhaus, examine the collection at Museum Behnhaus Draegerhaus, pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Jakobi Church, and get to know the fascinating history of An der Obertrave.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lubeck trip maker app.

Getting from Cologne to Lubeck by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Berlin, Germany

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Neues Palais and Mitte. Head to Mall of Berlin and KulturBrauereifor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Classic Remise Berlin, admire the masterpieces at Museum Berggruen, get engrossed in the history at Museum in der Kulturbrauerei, and take a stroll through Nicholas Quarter.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lubeck to Berlin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Thomas Church and Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig. Head to Hoefe am Bruehl and Paunsdorf Centerfor some retail therapy. Explore Leipzig's surroundings by going to Sektkellerei Rotkaeppchen (in Freyburg), Halle (Saale) (Landesmuseum fuer Vorgeschichte Halle & Beatles Museum) and Naumburg (Stadtkirche St. Wenzel & Naumburg Cathedral UNESCO World Heritage). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig - DIGITAL ART CENTER, take in the spiritual surroundings of Russische Gedachtniskirche, examine the collection at Grassi Museum, and don't miss a visit to Karl-Heine-Kanal.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Leipzig trip planner.

You can take a train from Berlin to Leipzig in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Leipzig

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 5 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Get a sense of the local culture at Parkeisenbahn and Armoury / Rustkammer. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Turkish Chamber / Turckische Cammer and Gedenkstatte Bautzner Strasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dresden: Meissen (Historische Altstadt & Meissen Porzellan Manufaktur & Museum). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, stop by Tradition & Form, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Martin Kirche, and get great views at Winzer Lutz Muller.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dresden online holiday planner.

Getting from Leipzig to Dresden by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Dresden are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you're off to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 5 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Visiting Hollentalklamm and Leutaschklamm / Geisterklamm will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Riessersee and Eckbauerbahn. Go for a jaunt from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Bad Kohlgrub to see Hoernle Bergbahn about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpspitz, fly down the slopes at Garmisch-Classic, take in the awesome beauty at Wank Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Geigenbaumuseum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and train from Dresden to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. September in Garmisch-Partenkirchen sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Munich, Germany

— 2 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Haidhausen and Schloss Schleissheim. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Heiliggeistkirche and Burgersaalkirche. Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Erdinger Brewery in Erding, about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Flaucher, examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, admire the striking features of Old Town Hall, and appreciate the history behind Ruhmeshalle und Bavaria.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Frankfurt, Germany

— 1 night

Mainhattan

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt trip planning site.

You can fly from Munich to Frankfurt in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Fri).

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

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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.