20 days in Swiss Alps, Dusseldorf & The Netherlands Itinerary

20 days in Swiss Alps, Dusseldorf & The Netherlands Itinerary

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Fly to Milan Malpensa, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Drive to Verbania,Intra, Ferry to Laveno, Drive to Lugano
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Bus to Milan Malpensa, Fly to Dusseldorf
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Dusseldorf, Germany
— 5 nights
Drive
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 3 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Gornergrat, and take some stellar pictures from Furi Suspension Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt travel planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Zermatt is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Riyadh to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Lugano.
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Lugano, Switzerland — 4 nights

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
For shopping fun, head to Baba J or Little Nemo Art Gallery. Get a sense of the local culture at Cascate di Santa Petronilla and Tamborini Vini. Get out of town with these interesting Lugano side-trips: Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo), Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio (in Meride) and OnArte (in Minusio). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Monte San Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa dei Santi Fedele e Simone, view the masterpieces at Artrust SA, and get a taste of the local shopping with Perseo SA.

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Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Zermatt to Lugano takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and tram. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dusseldorf.
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Dusseldorf, Germany — 5 nights

Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
For shopping fun, head to Arthaus:nowodworski or La Cure Gourmande. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cologne Cathedral and Winemaker J. Koll & Cie.. Get out of town with these interesting Dusseldorf side-trips: Koechemarkt Bad Neuenahr (in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler), Cologne (Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Museum Ludwig) and Winzergenossenschaft Mayschoss (in Mayschoss). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Weingut Richard Richter and take a stroll through Briller Viertel.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dusseldorf trip itinerary site.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lugano to Dusseldorf takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Lugano in July, expect Dusseldorf to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 7 nights

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Shop till you drop at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery and De 9 Straatjes. Van Gogh Museum and Leidseplein are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Old Church (in Delft), Haarlem (Hofjeswandeling in Haarlem & Grote Markt) and The Hague (Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) & The Hague Tower). There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, walk around Vondelpark, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip maker.

Getting from Dusseldorf to Amsterdam by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for home.
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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