8 days in Zurich & Germany Itinerary

8 days in Zurich & Germany Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at The Rosengart Collection. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In May, daytime highs in Zurich are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, make a trip to Marienplatz, then admire the striking features of Asamkirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally examine the collection at Munich Residenz. On the next day, explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Dresden.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, then see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dresden trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Dresden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Dresden are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Berlin, Germany

— 3 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.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Berlin tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Germany travel guide

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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.