23 days in Germany, Upper Rhine Valley & Switzerland Itinerary

23 days in Germany, Upper Rhine Valley & Switzerland Itinerary

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Quedlinburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Fritzlar, Germany
— 2 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 3 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Quedlinburg, Germany

— 1 night
Quedlinburg is a town situated just north of the Harz mountains, in the district of Harz in the west of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): ponder the world of politics at Rathaus Wernigerode. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Altstadt, get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Servatius, and finally explore the striking landscape at Roßtrappe.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Quedlinburg itinerary planner.

Billum, Denmark to Quedlinburg is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Fritzlar.

Things to do in Quedlinburg

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Fritzlar, Germany

— 2 nights
Fritzlar is a small German town (pop. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): get outside with Fritzlar, step into the grandiose world of Ruine Weidelsburg, and then browse the different shops at RATIO_Land. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Schwalmer Dorfmuseum Holzburg, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Bahnradweg - Radspass im Rotkappchenland, and then don't miss a visit to St. Petri Kathedrale.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Fritzlar trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Quedlinburg to Fritzlar by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June in Fritzlar, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Trier.

Things to do in Fritzlar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Trier, Germany

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 5th (Sun), examine the collection at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then don't miss a visit to Hauptmarkt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Gangolf's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Trier Amphitheater, then explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Paulin-Kirche, and finally pause for some photo ops at Saint George's Fountain.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Trier trip planner.

Traveling by car from Fritzlar to Trier takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Baden-Baden.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Baden-Baden, Germany

— 3 nights

Belle Époque Europe's Summer Capital

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Baden-Baden: Heidelberg (Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), Schloss Heidelberg, &more) and Europa-Park (in Rust). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Lichtentaler Allee, test the waters at Friedrichsbad, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Merkur, and admire the masterpieces at Museum Frieder Burda.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Trier to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Baden-Baden are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, then take a stroll through Little Venice, and then don't miss a visit to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Cave du Roi Dagobert, admire the masterpieces at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally take a stroll through La Petite France.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Zurich (Old Town, Lindenhofplatz, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, make a trip to The Nine Towers, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and stroll through Mt Pilatus.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Lucerne online itinerary planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Lucerne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Bern, Switzerland

— 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Do your shopping at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Federal Building (Bundeshaus). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Trümmelbachfälle (in Lauterbrunnen), Ambra Minerals (in Murten) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon, identify plant and animal life at Barenpark, explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and browse the different shops at Central Railroad Station.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bern holiday planner.

You can drive from Lucerne to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Shopping · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 15 — 18:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, then look for gifts at Laderach, then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally make a trip to Mountaineers' Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Castor Mountain, take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

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You can take a train from Bern to Zermatt in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 20:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 3 nights

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.
Geneva is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, see the interesting displays at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, and make a trip to Jardin Botanique - Villa le Chene.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Geneva sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 20 — 23:

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.