8 days in Italy, Zurich & Munich Itinerary

8 days in Italy, Zurich & Munich Itinerary

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8 days in Italy, Zurich & Munich Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Venice, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
End: Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): wander the streets of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, then stop by Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, and finally shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Munich.

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), make a trip to Marienplatz, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and finally admire the natural beauty at English Garden. On the next day, hunt for treasures at Viktualienmarkt and then wander the streets of Haidhausen.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Munich trip planner .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

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Viktualienmarkt ©
Viktualienmarkt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
On the 5th (Thu), take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, then admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at ARTBOX.GALLERY. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich online route planner .

Drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Venice.

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Altstadt Luzern
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum

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Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Campo del Ghetto.

To find maps and tourist information, read our Venice day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in September, with highs in Venice at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Basilica di San Marco
Basilica di San Marco
Campo del Ghetto ©
Campo del Ghetto

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip planner .

You can take a train from Venice to Milan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio ©
Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich travel planning site .

Fly from Milan to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Milan in September, with highs in Zurich at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

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Museums Shopping
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Foundation E. G. Buhrle Collection ©

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