21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
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Fussen, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 3 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 The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, don't miss a visit to Brandenburg Gate, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Berlin trip itinerary planning tool.

Boston, USA to Berlin is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Berlin is 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Munich, Germany

— 4 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Munich road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in Munich sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 47°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fussen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Fussen, Germany

— 2 nights

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
On the 14th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, then admire the landmark architecture of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Maxsteg an der Fussener Klamm-Fall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, then contemplate the waterfront views at Alatsee, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Fussen day trip site.

You can drive from Munich to Fussen in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 64°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Fussen

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take in the views from Rheinbrucke Diessenhofen–Gailingen, take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls, and then stop by Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, then wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 18th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, then admire the landmark architecture of Lucerne Station, and finally snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lucerne tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Wildlife

Lugano, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Explore Lugano's surroundings by going to Castelgrande (in Bellinzona), Valle Verzasca (in Lavertezzo) and Lungolago Di Ascona (in Ascona). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Monte San Giorgio, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate, buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lugano trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Lugano in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lucerne in September: highs in Lugano hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Milan, Italy

— 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: La Citta Alta (in Bergamo) and Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, make a trip to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Milan travel route planner.

Getting from Lugano to Milan by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Tours · Theme Parks · Shopping

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.