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

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich online trip builder .

Columbus, USA to Zurich is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in October, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow 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 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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You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. 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.

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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palace of Versailles and Arc de Triomphe. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, and take a stroll through Montmartre.

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You can fly from Munich to Paris in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Paris when traveling from Munich in October, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to take a 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.
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.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip planning app .

You can take a train from Paris to Geneva in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in October, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

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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.
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.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip planner .

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 in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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You can take a train from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daily temperatures in Basel can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Historic Sites Shopping
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Läderach ©
Läderach

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