14 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

14 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe route planner

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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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: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in nature's colorful creations at Großer Tiergarten, and visit Potsdamer Platz.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Chicago, USA to Berlin is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can fly to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, snap pictures at Tauberbrucke, then contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, then take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then contemplate the long history of Town Walls, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt.

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg trip planner.

Fly from Berlin to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

Drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Munich are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, and then identify plant and animal life at Maennlichen. On your second day here, explore the activities along Lake Brienz and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald online travel planner.

You can drive from Munich to Grindelwald in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 2:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lake Lucerne & Chapel Bridge). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, admire the natural beauty at Botanischer Garten, get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, and don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Zurich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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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.