17 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Dijon, France
— 1 night
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, contemplate the long history of East Side Gallery, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

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Jakarta, Indonesia to Berlin is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Berlin, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours
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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 plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

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Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Nuremberg Palace of Justice, see the interesting displays at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, then don't miss a visit to St. Lorenz Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, and finally hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Altstadt, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, then see the interesting displays at Toy Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

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Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., don't miss a visit to Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum.

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Drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Rothenburg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colmar.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapelle Sainte-Marguerite, then step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and finally make a trip to Vieille Ville. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then do a tasting at Cave de Turckheim, and finally learn about winemaking at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER.

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Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Colmar takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Colmar are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Dijon.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Dijon, France

— 1 night

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): make a trip to Rue Des Forges, relax and rejuvenate at L'Institut Fee pour Moi, examine the collection at Mulot & Petitjean, contemplate the long history of Maison Milliere, then admire the striking features of Hotel de Vogue, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

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Traveling by train from Colmar to Dijon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Spas · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Old Town, head outdoors with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and browse the different shops at Hauptbahnhof.

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You can drive from Dijon to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Zurich are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping
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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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

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.