12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Drive:  3​h
1
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, examine the collection at Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, then admire all the interesting features of Signal Iduna Park, then don't miss a visit to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally stroll through Westfalenpark.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dortmund holiday builder website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 6-hour car ride. August in Dortmund sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bochum
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Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum ©
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium
Signal Iduna Park ©
Signal Iduna Park

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day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

To find out how to plan a trip to Zurich, use our trip itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dortmund to Zurich. In August, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

few
hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Lucerne day trip planning tool .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
On the 28th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, indulge your taste buds at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, take a memorable tour with Tours, then see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Thu): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lauterbrunnen visit planning site .

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Jungfrau Region
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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night
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 31st (Fri), examine the collection at Castello Sforzesco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Milan road trip tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Milan. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

2
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then explore the activities along Canal Grande, then don't miss a visit to Basilica di San Marco, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Mark's Square. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, take in the views from Ponte dei Sospiri, then enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then admire the striking features of Doge's Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Venice trip itinerary builder site .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Venice, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
St. Mark's Square ©
St. Mark's Square
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then examine the collection at BMW Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at Deutsches Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Munich online holiday planner .

You can fly from Venice to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Venice in September; daily highs in Munich reach 22°C and lows reach 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Nature Parks
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BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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