12 days in Switzerland, Benelux & Munich Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Benelux & Munich Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Bruges, Belgium
— 1 night
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Brussels, Belgium
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, stroll around Vondelpark, and then explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of The Jordaan, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, then get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, and finally browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Durham, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Durham to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Durham in July: high temperatures in Amsterdam hover around 73°F and lows are around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bruges.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Bruges, Belgium

— 1 night

Venice of the North

The medieval town of Bruges centers around a canal, and the architecture of its historical district has made it a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): make a trip to The Markt, appreciate the history behind Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck Monument, contemplate the long history of Historic Centre of Brugge, then admire the striking features of Provinciaal Hof, then contemplate the waterfront views at Minnewater Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Belfry of Bruges.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Bruges sightseeing planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Bruges in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Bruges sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Brussels.

Things to do in Bruges

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Brussels, Belgium

— 2 nights

Capital of Europe

The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), then appreciate the history behind Manneken Pis, and finally make a trip to Grand Place. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), then admire the striking features of Eglise Notre Dame Du Sablon, then examine the collection at Atomium, and finally get in on the family fun at Mini-Europe.

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You can drive from Bruges to Brussels in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Brussels

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Munich, Germany

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll around English Garden, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then admire the masterpieces at Glyptothek. On the next day, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

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Traveling by flight from Brussels to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lake Brienz (in Brienz) and 007 Walk of Fame - Schilthorn (in Murren). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Grindelwald trip website.

Drive from Munich to Grindelwald in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 1 night
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 23rd (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

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You can drive from Grindelwald to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

Switzerland travel guide

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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.