36 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

36 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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36 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  24​h 30​min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
5
Triberg, Germany
— 4 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
train:  5​h 30​min
7
Cochem, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 45​min
8
Hamburg, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Northeim, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
10
Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney, Australia


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2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Le Verre a Monique. On the 1st (Fri), look for gifts at La Chocolaterie de Geneve and then join in the after-dark buzz at Le Verre a Monique. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille ville, then Head underground at Grottes de Vallorbe, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva sightseeing planner .

Sydney, Australia to Geneva is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Sydney in May since evenings lows in Geneva dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Sun) before leaving for Interlaken.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Vieille ville, Grottes de Vallorbe
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Grottes de Vallorbe ©
Grottes de Vallorbe
Vieille ville ©
Vieille ville
Le Verre a Monique ©
Le Verre a Monique

2
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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've now added Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, and then tee off at Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Matte, then take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, and then have some family-friendly fun at Seilpark Interlaken.

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Getting from Geneva to Interlaken by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. You'll set off for Lucerne on the 5th (Tue).

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Neighborhoods Golf

Side Trips

Murrenbach Waterfalls, Matte
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Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken
Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen ©
Golf Club Interlaken-Unterseen
Murrenbach Waterfalls ©
Murrenbach Waterfalls

2
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi. On your second day here, snap pictures at Nadelwehr, pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, and then examine the collection at Richard Wagner Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Lucerne by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Nadelwehr ©
Nadelwehr
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Rigi ©
Rigi

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Zurich is known for nature, museums, historic sites, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and take a stroll through Niederdorf.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday app .

Getting from Lucerne to Zurich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In May in Zurich, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 9°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Triberg.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Parks Nature
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Niederdorf
Niederdorf
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

4
nights
Triberg, Germany

Triberg ©
Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Schwarzwaldbahn Erlebnispfad and Dom St. Blasien. Auto-und Uhrenwelt and Black Forest Museum (Schwarzwaldmuseum) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Triberg: Stadtkirche Sankt Marien (in Gengenbach), Tractor Museum of Lake Bodensee (in Uhldingen Muhlhofen) and Alpirsbacher Klosterbraeu (in Alpirsbach).

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Triberg road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Triberg takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Munich.

Things to do in Triberg

Museums Trails Parks

Side Trips

Dom St. Blasien, Tractor Museum of Lake Bodensee, Auto-und Uhrenwelt, Stadtkirche Sankt Marien, Alpirsbacher Klosterbraeu
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Auto-und Uhrenwelt ©
Auto-und Uhrenwelt
Tractor Museum of Lake Bodensee ©
Tractor Museum of Lake Bodensee
Dom St. Blasien ©
Dom St. Blasien

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golfclub Tutzing as well as Lennys Beer Bike. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace and Alte Pinakothek. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Munich Residenz, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Munich itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Triberg to Munich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cochem.

Things to do in Munich

Outdoors Tours Museums

Side Trip

Golfclub Tutzing
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Cochem, Germany

Cochem ©
Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the striking features of Pfarrkirche St. Remaclus and then explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): explore the galleries of Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem, then learn about winemaking at Winemaker J. Koll & Cie., then don't miss a visit to Rathaus, and finally ponder the design of Martinsbrunnen.

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You can drive from Munich to Cochem in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. May in Cochem sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 9°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cochem

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem ©
Bundesbank-Bunker Cochem
Winemaker J. Koll & Cie. ©
Winemaker J. Koll & Cie.

4
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Alter Elbtunnel and Museum of Hamburg History. Do some cultural sightseeing at Speicherstadt and Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Ohlsdorf Cemetery, see the interesting displays at U-Bootmuseum, and explore the world behind art at Panoptikum.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hamburg trip planning tool .

Getting from Cochem to Hamburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Hamburg can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Northeim.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe ©
Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

3
nights
Northeim, Germany

Northeim ©
Northeim is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany, seat of the district of Northeim, with, in 2011, a population of 29,000. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hameln Old Town and Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Northeim trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hamburg to Northeim takes 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Berlin.

Things to do in Northeim

Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Hameln Old Town, Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum
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Hameln Old Town ©
Hameln Old Town
Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum ©
Oberharzer Bergwerksmuseum

5
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fat Tire Tours Berlin, B-Flat, Berlin Craft Beer Experience, and other attractions you added. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Victory Column (Siegessaule) and Nationalpark Unteres Odertal. Step out of Berlin with an excursion to Müritz Nationalpark in Waren--about 1h 50 min away. It doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate and take a stroll through Potsdamer Platz.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Berlin road trip website .

Traveling by car from Northeim to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Berlin

Outdoors Nightlife Parks

Side Trips

Golfclub Gross Kienitz, Müritz Nationalpark, Nationalpark Unteres Odertal
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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Mitte ©
Mitte
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

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