16 days in Switzerland, Munich & Garmisch-Partenkirchen Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Munich & Garmisch-Partenkirchen Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 1 night
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

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 1st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and then don't miss a visit to Marienplatz.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich tour itinerary planning site.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Munich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Riyadh to Munich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Riyadh in September, expect Munich to be much colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Historic Sites

Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lake Zurich and Rhine Falls. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Winterthur to see Rosengarten about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, and get a taste of the local shopping with Bahnhofstrasse.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary maker app.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Zurich, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.
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Parks · Nature · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips

Interlaken, Switzerland — 4 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Kids will enjoy Parasailing & Paragliding and Harderkulm. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Grindelwald (First Cliff Walk by Tissot & Grindelwald-First) and Einstein House (Einsteinhaus) (in Bern). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, stop by The Mad Cow, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Interlaken holiday maker tool.

Drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), then look for all kinds of wild species at Mt Pilatus, and finally take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, then explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rigi.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lucerne online journey planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Lucerne are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany — 2 nights

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof, then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze, and then fly down the slopes at Alpspitz. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, and then head outdoors with Alpine Coaster Oberammergau.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen journey planning website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, then walk around English Garden, and then admire the striking features of Frauenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, then take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Munich online trip planner.

Drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Tours · Historic Sites

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.
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