12 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Polokwane, South Africa
Fly:  21 h 30 min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly:  21 h 30 min
End: Polokwane, South Africa

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Get outdoors at Mt Pilatus and Lenzerheide Ski Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Hofkirche (in Lucerne) and Parasailing & Paragliding (in Davos). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, wander the streets of Niederdorf, and pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

For reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Zurich travel planning app .

Polokwane, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Polokwane in December, expect Zurich to be colder, temps between 5°C and -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trips

Lucerne, Lenzerheide Ski Resort, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

3
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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin. Take a break from the city and head to Gurkenradweg Spreewald and Balloon Rides. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, take a stroll through Mitte, appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, and don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Fly from Zurich to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen, Gurkenradweg Spreewald
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin

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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum. Nymphenburg Palace and Pilgrimage Church of Wies will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Cathedral of St Peter's (in Regensburg) and Andechs Monastery (in Andechs). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, admire the masterpieces at Glyptothek, step into the grandiose world of Dachau Palace, and see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munich sightseeing planning tool .

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Andechs Monastery, Pilgrimage Church of Wies, Dachau Palace, Cathedral of St Peter's
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Pilgrimage Church of Wies ©
Pilgrimage Church of Wies
Cathedral of St Peter's ©
Cathedral of St Peter's

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