12 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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12 days in Amsterdam, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11​h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Toronto, Canada

2
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Keukenhof, appreciate the extensive heritage of Begijnhof, then take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, and finally take a stroll through The Jordaan. On the next day, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, get your game on at Museumphoto, then admire the masterpieces at Rijksmuseum, and finally explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum.

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

Toronto, Canada to Amsterdam is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Toronto to Amsterdam. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Keukenhof, Zaanse Schans
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): explore the activities along English Garden, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

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Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Munich

Tours Parks Nature
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
English Garden ©
English Garden

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then walk around Hohematte Park, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Heidi's Photo Chalet. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, then pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Schlosskirche.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Interlaken trip builder website .

Getting from Munich to Interlaken by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Lauterbrunnen Village
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 10th (Sun), explore the activities along Lake Lucerne. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Pilatus Luzern, take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then don't miss a visit to The Nine Towers, and finally explore the striking landscape at Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten).

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Titlis Cliff Walk
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Titlis Cliff Walk ©
Titlis Cliff Walk

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and finally explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Munot, get curious at Swiss Science Center Technorama, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Outdoors

Side Trips

Swiss Science Center Technorama, Munot
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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