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

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

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip builder website .

Columbus, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-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 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

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Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites
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Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Lindenhof ©
Lindenhof

2
days
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.
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 find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munich trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Starnberger See
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English Garden ©
English Garden
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

5
days
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.
Popular historic sites such as Champs-Elysees and Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, and admire the striking features of Sacre Coeur Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Paris road trip planning website .

Getting from Munich to Paris by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Munich in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit 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.

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Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

1
day
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.
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 maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Geneva day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Paris to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Geneva are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. 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 ©
Auer Chocolatier
Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de Genève
Favarger Chocolate Factory
Favarger Chocolate Factory

2
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne
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.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne online tour 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) to allow enough time to 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
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

1
day
Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
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.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Basel trip itinerary planner.

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 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Shopping
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Läderach ©
Läderach

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