18 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

18 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 7 nights
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Nice, France
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Pergamonmuseum, pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and then take in the local highlights with Walking tours. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Bebelplatz, observe the fascinating underwater world at Zoo Berlin, then pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Berlin trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Berlin is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Berlin. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours · Museums

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get curious at Deutsches Museum, then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and then get a sense of history and politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Munich itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. August in Munich sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Nature

Zurich, Switzerland

— 7 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Lucerne and Rhine Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Mt Pilatus (in Kriens) and Lucerne (Hofkirche, Chapel Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, visit Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg, and take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Zurich are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Nature · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nice, France

— 3 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Waterworld lake of gaudrade. Venture out of the city with trips to Musee Fragonard (in Grasse) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, don't miss a visit to Promenade des Anglais, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Nice, with lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Bring the kids along to Eiffel Tower and Musee d'Orsay. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, Palace of Versailles, &more). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Getting from Nice to Paris by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nice in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Paris, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.