17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
5
Geneva, Switzerland
— Few hours
train:  2​h
6
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
End: London, United Kingdom

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Heidelberg (Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg), Altstadt (Old Town), & more) and Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke & Würzburg Residence). There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Staedel Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), take in the views from Eiserner Steg, and make a trip to Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt driving holiday planning tool .

London, UK to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Frankfurt due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in July, expect nights in Frankfurt to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Wurzburg
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), admire the natural beauty at Nymphenburg Palace, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hofgarten.

To find out how to plan a trip to Munich, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Frankfurt in July since evenings lows in Munich dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
English Garden ©
English Garden
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 14th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge. Here are some ideas for day two: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), and finally appreciate the history behind Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument.

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Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Elfenau, & more), The Eiger Trail (in Grindelwald) and Mount Titlis (in Engelberg). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken, savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken, and take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Interlaken takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen, The Eiger Trail, Titlis
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Parasailing & Paragliding
The Eiger Trail ©
The Eiger Trail
Jet Boat Interlaken ©
Jet Boat Interlaken

few
hours
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. While traveling from Interlaken, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Geneva, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites
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Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip builder site .

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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