15 days in Switzerland, Munich & Paris Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, Munich & Paris Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland, Munich & Paris Itinerary

Columbus, United States
Fly:  18​h 30​min
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 45​min
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
Paris, France
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Fly:  19​h 45​min
Columbus, United States

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get great views at Lindenhof, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday planner.

Columbus, USA to Zurich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. While traveling from Columbus, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Zurich, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

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Bahnhofstrasse
Grossmunster
Lindenhof

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and then contemplate the waterfront views at Starnberger See. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along English Garden, then steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Church, and then hunt for treasures at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Starnberger See
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English Garden
St. Peter's Church

5
days
Paris, France

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.
Popular historic sites such as Champs-Elysees and Palace of Versailles are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Dôme Sacre Coeur and Louvre Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville, enjoy breathtaking views from Eiffel Tower, and examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris travel itinerary creator.

You can fly from Munich to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Munich in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Paris, with lows of 48°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Geneva.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles
Louvre Museum

1
day
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Auer Chocolatier, stop by Favarger Chocolate Factory, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève, then explore the wide array of goods at Centre Commercial de Balexert, and finally wander the streets of Vieux-Carouge.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Geneva vacation trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Geneva takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. October in Geneva sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Geneva

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vieux-Carouge
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Auer Chocolatier
Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève
Favarger Chocolate Factory

2
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 17th (Tue), take some stellar pictures from The Nine Towers, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sammlung Rosengart. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Lucerne itinerary planner.

Drive from Geneva to Lucerne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
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Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Mt Pilatus
Aare Gorge

1
day
Basel, Switzerland

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 19th (Thu), look for gifts at Läderach and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basel Minster.

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Getting from Lucerne to Basel by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Basel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Shopping
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Basel Minster
Läderach

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