17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Washington DC, United States
Fly:
18​h 45​min
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:
1​h 30​min
Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:
2​h 30​min
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Fly:
4​h 15​min
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:
4​h
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:
1​h 45​min
Interlaken, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:
19​h 45​min
Washington DC, United States

3
days
Munich, Germany

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 sightseeing, museums, nature, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche, and contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich custom trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Munich is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Munich is 6 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Washington DC in July, with highs in Munich at 76°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Salzburg.

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Deutsches Museum
Marienplatz
English Garden

3
days
Salzburg, Austria

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for sightseeing, museums, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Fortress Hohensalzburg, examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, and don't miss a visit to Altstadt von Salzburg.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Salzburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Salzburg are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vienna.

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Mirabell Palace
Fortress Hohensalzburg

3
days
Vienna, Austria

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for museums, sightseeing, parks, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Schönbrunn Palace, see the interesting displays at Sisi Museum, explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace, and admire the striking features of St. Stephen's Cathedral.

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You can fly from Salzburg to Vienna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Vienna can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

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Schönbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Schönbrunn Zoo

3
days
Berlin, Germany

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 sightseeing, museums, historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, examine the collection at Jewish Museum Berlin, appreciate the history behind Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Berlin.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Vienna to Berlin takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Berlin sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Zurich.

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Pergamonmuseum
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate

2
days
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to Grossmunster, explore the world behind art at Kunsthaus, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Altstadt).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Zurich travel planner.

You can fly from Berlin to Zurich in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

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Old Town (Altstadt)
Lake Zurich
Kunsthaus

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and then get outside with Bumblebee-Hanggliding.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Adventure Tours
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Seilpark Interlaken
Bumblebee-Hanggliding
Parasailing & Paragliding

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