16 days in Europe Itinerary

16 days in Europe Itinerary

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16 days in Europe Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  7 h 45 min
6
Lisbon, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): get your game on at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich road trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In September, daytime highs in Zurich are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

4
nights
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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich online day trip planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter). On the next day, take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Salzburg online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mirabell Palace ©
Mirabell Palace

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): hit the slopes at Alpspitz. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen journey planner.

You can drive from Salzburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in September, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Historic Sites Winter Sports

Side Trips

Schloss Linderhof, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Schloss Neuschwanstein
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
On the 28th (Mon), fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, walk around Hohematte Park, look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and finally get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken. On the 29th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle and then get interesting insight from Jungfraujoch.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken attractions planning tool .

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Interlaken in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. September in Interlaken sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Parks

Side Trips

Jungfraujoch, Trümmelbachfälle, Lake Brienz
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 1st (Thu), make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and finally explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Interlaken to Lisbon takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Interlaken to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Interlaken in September, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 81°F and 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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