7 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

7 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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7 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Heidelberg, Germany
train:  1​h 30​min
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— Few hours
train:  1​h
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
train:  45​min
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Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  1​h
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  15​min
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Wengen, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  15​min
8
Interlaken, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  2​h
9
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
10
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
End: Frankfurt, Germany


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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 20th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Schloss Favorite Rastatt, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, and then try your luck at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden trip planning app .

Heidelberg to Baden-Baden is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Baden-Baden can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Historic Sites Casinos Fun & Games

Side Trip

Schloss Favorite Rastatt
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Schloss Favorite Rastatt ©
Schloss Favorite Rastatt
Stiftskirche Baden-Baden ©
Stiftskirche Baden-Baden
Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank ©
Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Freiburg im Breisgau road trip planner.

Getting from Baden-Baden to Freiburg im Breisgau by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In October, daytime highs in Freiburg im Breisgau are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Historic Sites
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Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
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.
On the 21st (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Romisch-katholische Kirche - Herz Jesu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dom von Arlesheim, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Offene Kirche Elisabethen, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Basel online holiday planner .

Getting from Freiburg im Breisgau to Basel by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Basel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Romisch-katholische Kirche - Herz Jesu, Dom von Arlesheim
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Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel
Offene Kirche Elisabethen ©
Offene Kirche Elisabethen
Romisch-katholische Kirche - Herz Jesu ©

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): contemplate the long history of Simsonbrunnen and then admire the local landmark of Mosesbrunnen.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bern trip planner .

Take a train from Basel to Bern in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Bern are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites
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Mosesbrunnen ©
Mosesbrunnen
Simsonbrunnen ©
Simsonbrunnen

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 22nd (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally play a few rounds at Golf Club Matterhorn.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt holiday planner.

Getting from Bern to Zermatt by train takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Zermatt

Golf Nature Outdoors
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Golf Club Matterhorn ©
Golf Club Matterhorn
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
Intercontinental Church Society ©
Intercontinental Church Society

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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Lauterbrunnen Church, then take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, and then head outdoors with Air-Glaciers, S.A..

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen route planner .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Lauterbrunnen takes 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Wengen.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Air-Glaciers, S.A. ©
Air-Glaciers, S.A.
Lauterbrunnen Church ©
Lauterbrunnen Church
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

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Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen ©
Wengen is a mountain village in the Bernese Oberland of central Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): get all the equipment you need at Central Sport.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wengen online itinerary planner .

Wengen is just a stone's throw from Lauterbrunnen. In October in Wengen, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Wengen

Shopping Outdoors
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Central Sport ©
Central Sport

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm and then tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken trip planning tool .

Interlaken is just a stone's throw from Wengen. In October in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Golf Outdoors Nature
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Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne attractions planning app .

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Uferpromenade Weggis
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Uferpromenade Weggis ©
Uferpromenade Weggis
Jesuitenkirche ©
Jesuitenkirche

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 26th (Sat), explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, examine the collection at Museum fur Kommunikation, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt travel planning site .

Getting from Lucerne to Frankfurt by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Museum fur Kommunikation ©
Museum fur Kommunikation

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