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

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): contemplate the long history 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, admire the striking features of St. Peter's Church, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Munich custom trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Munich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Munich are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

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Parks Nature Sightseeing

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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 Arc de Triomphe are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Dôme Sacre Coeur. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, 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

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

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Palace of Versailles
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Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Palace of Versailles
Arc de Triomphe

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 fly; 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 Sightseeing Neighborhoods

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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

Sightseeing Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

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

Sightseeing Historic Sites Shopping
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Basel Minster
Läderach

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