17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany

— 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke & Würzburg Residence) and Heidelberg (Philosopher’s Walk, Altstadt (Old Town), &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Frankfurt, learn more about the world around you at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), and take in the views from Iron Bridge.

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London, UK to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from London to Frankfurt, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hofgarten.

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Getting from Frankfurt to Munich by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, Munich is a bit cooler at night with lows of 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sat): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

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You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 5 nights
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.
Explore Interlaken's surroundings by going to Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Elfenau, &more) and Titlis (in Engelberg). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and get outside with Jet Boat Interlaken.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Geneva, Switzerland

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva day trip planning website.

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Geneva sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites
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Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

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Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.