16 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
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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, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, take a stroll through Niederdorf, and get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planning site.

Doha, Qatar to Zurich is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Doha in December: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 5°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can fly to Munich.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature
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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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of Frauenkirche, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature
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Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 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.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, make a trip to Altstadt, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nuremberg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites
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Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

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 26th (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, then take a stroll through Altstadt, then examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, then step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Kilian Cathedral.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rothenburg trip builder.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can fly to Berlin.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Berlin, Germany

— 4 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 sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz, and ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin vacation planner.

You can fly from Rothenburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
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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.

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.