20 days in Germany, Switzerland & Strasbourg Itinerary

20 days in Germany, Switzerland & Strasbourg Itinerary

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20 days in Germany, Switzerland & Strasbourg Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
drive:  4​h
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
drive:  3​h 30​min
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Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 1 night
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Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
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Wurzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
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Frankfurt, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
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Cologne, Germany
— 1 day
train:  1​h 15​min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 18th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Swiss National Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Zurich tour itinerary planning app .

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Rhine Falls
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Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore and learn at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum and The Rosengart Collection. Get some cultural insight at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Jesuitenkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) & The Cathedral of Bern). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Jungfraujoch, steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Lucerne road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bern, Jungfrau Region, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Parasailing & Paragliding

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
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 23rd (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, stop by Laderach, make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt route planner.

You can take a train from Lucerne to Zermatt in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hohenschwangau.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Aletsch Glacier
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat

1
night
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau
Hohenschwangau is a former village and now an urban district of the municipality of Schwangau, Ostallgäu district, Bavaria, Germany.It is located between Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau and is visited by about 2 million people annually, where they start tours to the former royal palaces. To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hohenschwangau attractions planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Hohenschwangau by combination of train and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and ferry. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Fri) before leaving for Schoenau am Koenigssee.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany

Schoenau am Koenigssee ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Berchtesgaden and then contemplate the waterfront views at Konigsee.

Start your trip to Schoenau am Koenigssee by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Schoenau am Koenigssee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 27th (Sat), you'll travel to Munich.

Things to do in Schoenau am Koenigssee

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Schloss Berchtesgaden
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Konigsee ©
Konigsee
Schloss Berchtesgaden ©
Schloss Berchtesgaden

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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.
To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munich online route planner .

You can drive from Schoenau am Koenigssee to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Munich are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Viktualienmarkt ©
Viktualienmarkt

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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 29th (Mon), admire the striking features of State Gallery of Stuttgart, then take in panoramic vistas at Television Tower Stuttgart, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Monbachtal. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, then take a stroll through Koenigstrasse, and finally make a trip to Palace Square (Schlossplatz).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Stuttgart travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. July in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Monbachtal
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Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden ©
Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum

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night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): wander the streets of La Petite France, see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip itinerary planning website .

Take a train from Stuttgart to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Alsatian Museum ©
Alsatian Museum
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rothenburg driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Strasbourg to Rothenburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Strasbourg in July, you will find days in Rothenburg are a bit cooler (28°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Wurzburg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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Wurzburg, Germany

Wurzburg ©
Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
On the 2nd (Fri), learn about winemaking at Weingut Juliusspital, make a trip to Market Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkapelle, step into the grandiose world of Marienburg Fortress, then learn about winemaking at Buergerspital zum Heiligen Geist - Weingut, and finally explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Wurzburg trip app .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Wurzburg in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Wurzburg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Wurzburg

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Marienkapelle ©
Marienkapelle
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Marienburg Fortress ©
Marienburg Fortress

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Take a break from the city and head to Messel Pit Fossil Site and Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). Popular historic sites such as Heidelberg Castle (Schloss Heidelberg) and Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke) are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Frankfurt: Neroberg (in Wiesbaden) and Altstadt (Old Town) (in Heidelberg). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, identify plant and animal life at Naturpark Hochtaunus, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

For traveler tips and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Wurzburg to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Heidelberg, L'Abbate Kasefabrik, Neroberg, Messel Pit Fossil Site, Naturpark Hochtaunus
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Staedel Museum
Staedel Museum
Messel Pit Fossil Site ©
Messel Pit Fossil Site

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 6th (Tue), take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum), then don't miss a visit to Cologne Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koelner Zoo.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Cologne online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

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