17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Train + Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Philosopher’s Walk, Altstadt (Old Town), &more) and Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke & Würzburg Residence). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Frankfurt, don't miss a visit to Romer, and take in the views from Iron Bridge.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip planner.

London, UK to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from London in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Frankfurt, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hofgarten.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Munich journey planning site.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Traveling from Frankfurt in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 15°C in Munich. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

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 14th (Sat): stop by Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Seebad Enge. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and finally pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July in Zurich, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Interlaken side-trips: Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Elfenau, &more) and Titlis (in Engelberg). There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, race across the water with Jet Boat Interlaken, get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bern, Lauterbrunnen, Titlis
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jet Boat Interlaken ©
Jet Boat Interlaken
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Geneva holiday site.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Geneva takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Interlaken in July, expect nights in Geneva to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°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.
Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Paris trip planner.

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Paris, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to 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
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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