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.
On the 9th (Mon), take some stellar pictures from Lindenhof, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster.

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Columbus, USA to Zurich is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Columbus in October: highs in Zurich hover around 58°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can 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 10th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and then explore the activities along Starnberger See. On your second day here, explore the activities along English Garden, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and then hunt for treasures at Biergarten Viktualienmarkt.

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Traveling by flight from Zurich to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Munich sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

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Parks Nature Historic Sites

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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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Dôme Sacre Coeur. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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Traveling by flight from Munich to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Munich in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to take a 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.
On the 17th (Tue), stop by Auer Chocolatier, stop by Favarger Chocolate Factory, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève, then browse the range of quality goods at Centre Commercial de Balexert, and finally take a stroll through Vieux-Carouge.

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Take a train from Paris to Geneva in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get great views at The Nine Towers, get a taste of the local shopping with Altstadt Luzern, then take in the views from Spreuer Bridge, and finally admire the masterpieces at Sammlung Rosengart. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then see the interesting displays at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Lucerne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Läderach and then steep yourself in history at Basel Minster.

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Traveling by train from Lucerne to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. October in Basel sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Shopping
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Basel Minster
Läderach

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