12 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 2 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, and steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Berlin-Tegel Airport and Berlin Schoenefeld. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Nuremberg, Germany

— 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Toy Museum, steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, make a trip to Altstadt, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally admire the striking features of Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ehekarussell, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebaldus Church, step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally see the interesting displays at Memorium Nuremberg Trials.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg day trip planning website.

Getting from Berlin to Nuremberg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

Rothenburg, Germany

— 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, see the interesting displays at German Christmas Museum, then see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Rothenburg sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 5°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Munich, Germany

— 3 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Munich travel route planner.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit Old Town, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Zurich trip tool.

You can drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.