14 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Germany Itinerary

14 days in Lake Maggiore (Italy & Switzerland) & Germany Itinerary

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Stresa, Italy
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany
— 1 night
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Stresa, Italy

— 2 nights
Stresa is a town and comune of about 5,000 residents on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piedmont region of northern Italy, about 90km northwest of Milan. On the 23rd (Thu), admire the striking features of Borromeo Palace, then contemplate the long history of Palazzo Borromeo, and then step into the grandiose world of Isola Bella. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Parco della Rocca Borromea, admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens Of Villa Taranto, and then steep yourself in history at Isola Madre.

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Chicago, USA to Stresa is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 7 hours. Traveling from Chicago in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 55°F in Stresa. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Stresa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

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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 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, steep yourself in history at Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and then contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden.

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You can fly from Stresa to Munich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, Munich is slightly colder than Stresa - with highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Schoenau am Koenigssee.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany

— 1 night
On the 27th (Mon), get great views at The Eagle's Nest and then explore the activities along Konigssee.

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You can drive from Munich to Schoenau am Koenigssee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 67°F in September, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Schoenau am Koenigssee

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 28th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, stroll through Zugspitzplatt, and then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then sample some tasty brews at All Things Garmisch - Day Tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Schoenau am Koenigssee to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 30th (Thu), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then take a stroll through Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rothenburg trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Museum of Military History, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then admire the striking features of Bruehlsche Terrasse, and finally don't miss a visit to Procession of Princes.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dresden trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Dresden takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gendarmenmarkt and Victory Column (Siegessaule). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.