12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, Holland
Drive:  3​h
1
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
End: Amsterdam, Holland

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night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Zeiss Planetarium, examine the collection at Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum, then explore and take pictures at Signal Iduna Park, then make a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Westfalenpark.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Dortmund trip builder app .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bochum
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Westfalenpark ©
Westfalenpark
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum ©
Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium

1
day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster and then wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Dortmund to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In June in Zurich, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

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hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip planning app .

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Nightlife
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, savor the flavors at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Interlaken tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
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Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Fall, take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lauterbrunnen vacation builder tool .

Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls ©
Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
On the 30th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Lauterbrunnen to Milan. June in Milan sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, then contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di San Marco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of St. Mark's Square. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri, enjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, then browse the exhibits of Doge's Palace, and finally take a stroll through Cannaregio.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Venice trip builder tool .

You can take a train from Milan to Venice in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace

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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.
On the 3rd (Wed), stroll around English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then examine the collection at BMW Museum. Keep things going the next day: get curious at Deutsches Museum, then explore the activities along Flaucher, and then see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Munich trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Venice to Munich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, Munich is slightly colder than Venice - with highs of 77°F and lows of 55°F. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Nature
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BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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