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
train:  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

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Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
On the 6th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, then explore and take pictures at Signal Iduna Park, then make a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally stroll through Westfalenpark.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Dortmund trip itinerary maker .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 6-hour car ride. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) 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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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 7th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt).

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Dortmund to Zurich. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lucerne travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

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

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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 8th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in an hour. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

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

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nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Staubbach Fall, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, and then get to know the fascinating history of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen trip planning app .

Lauterbrunnen is very close to Interlaken. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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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 11th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Castello Sforzesco, get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Milan road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lauterbrunnen to Milan. In July in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to 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

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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 12th (Thu): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, admire the striking features of St Mark's Campanile, then admire the landmark architecture of Doge's Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

Before you visit Venice, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Venice can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
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.
On the 14th (Sat), explore the activities along English Garden, then examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): get curious at Deutsches Museum, stroll through Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Munich trip builder .

Getting from Venice to Munich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, Munich is a bit cooler than Venice - with highs of 29°C and lows of 15°C. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Munich

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

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