11 days in The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

11 days in The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

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11 days in The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

Washington DC, United States
subway + bus + Fly:  19​h 45​min
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
train + Fly + train:  4​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  14​h 45​min
Washington DC, United States

3
days
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Sloepdelen Boat Rental and Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht). Get some historical perspective at Anne Frank House and De Duif. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, contemplate the long history of Rembrandt House Museum, stroll through Vondelpark, and get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour planner.

Washington DC, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Amsterdam is 6 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, expect Amsterdam to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Anne Frank House
Emperor's Canal (Keizersgracht)
De Duif

3
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Visiting Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Grossmunster and Fraumünster Church. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Lucerne to see Mt Pilatus about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen and stroll through Seebad Katzensee.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Zurich trip planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Beaches

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Lucerne
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Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne

3
days
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Aletsch Glacier and Parasailing & Paragliding. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls (in Lauterbrunnen) and The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Schynige Platte, savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, get outside with Bumblebee-Hanggliding, and look for gifts at Mad Cow.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken travel planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Interlaken sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Schynige Platte, Aletsch Glacier, The Eiger Trail
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Aletsch Glacier
Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken
Parasailing & Paragliding

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