14 days in Canton of Zurich, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

14 days in Canton of Zurich, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Schwangau, Germany
— 1 night
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 28th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, wander the streets of Old Town, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip website.

Las Vegas, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 9 hour difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, expect Zurich to be much colder, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Historic Sites

Schwangau, Germany

— 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): glide through the air with FLY ROYAL Paragliding, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Schwangau trip builder tool.

Getting from Zurich to Schwangau by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Schwangau can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Salzburg, Austria

— 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
On the 1st (Thu), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, see the interesting displays at Red Bull Hangar-7, then admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirabell Palace. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), get engrossed in the history at Mozarts Geburtshaus, then take some stellar pictures from Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Petersfriedhof.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Salzburg road trip planner.

You can drive from Schwangau to Salzburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), examine the collection at Munich Residenz, contemplate the long history of Rathaus-Glockenspiel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asamkirche, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Munich, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Nuremberg, Germany

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt and Nuremberg Palace of Justice. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Town Walls and Würzburg Residence. When in Nuremberg, make a side trip to see Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum) in Rothenburg, approximately Rothenburg away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Memorium Nuremberg Trials, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, admire the masterpieces at Germanisches Nationalmuseum, and contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Nuremberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. July in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dresden.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, and then admire the masterpieces at The Dresden Zwinger.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Dresden journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Dresden takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. July in Dresden sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
On the 9th (Fri), pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, then contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, then steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, and then see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

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

Drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites

Canton of Zurich travel guide

4.1
Bodies of Water · Zoos · Mountains
Featuring over 50 museums and 100 art galleries, world-renowned shopping and exuberant nightlife, the Canton of Zurich is home to the bustling metropolis of the same name that overlooks Lake Zurich at the base the of the snow-capped Swiss Alps. Bahnhofstrasse is Zurich's main downtown street and one of the world's most expensive and exclusive shopping avenues, where you'll find high fashion labels, jewelry, and watches. Art lovers will relish the Kunsthaus and Rietberg museums, while hiking enthusiasts will appreciate the nearby trails. The places to visit offer a little something for everyone, from the hundreds of animals at the Zurich Zoo, to the party animals at the many nightclubs.

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.