16 days in The Netherlands, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Room Escape Games. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: The Hague (Panorama Mesdag & Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace)). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, and explore the activities along Herengracht.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam road trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Bengaluru to Amsterdam is minus 4.5 hours. In March, Amsterdam is cooler than Bengaluru - with highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 2 nights

City of Light

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Memorial De La Shoah, make a trip to Place des Vosges, walk around Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and finally see Off-Road Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, then examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then explore the world behind art at Petit Palais, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 24th (Fri), examine the collection at Lindt Home of Chocolate, stop by Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg, explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, then take a stroll through Schanzengraben Canal, and finally explore the world behind art at Snary Mary Adventures.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich day trip site.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 2 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Titlis. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the awesome beauty at Titlis, see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Garden Lucerne (Gletschergarten), pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, and finally take in the views from Pont Spreuer. On your second day here, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, take an in-depth tour of Bourbaki Panorama, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt, then take in the views from Chapel Bridge, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum Rosengart Collection.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Jungfraujoch as well as Glacier 3000. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): hit the slopes at Glacier 3000, make a trip to Wilderswil Railway Station, admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte Botanical Alpine Garden, tour the pleasant surroundings at Schynige Platte, then stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and finally get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch and then fly down the slopes at Bergbahnen Meiringen-Hasliberg.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Interlaken tour itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Interlaken sees daily highs of 12°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 3 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 29th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Zahringerbrunnen, take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), then get some fabulous bargains at Ambra Minerals, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten). Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum of Communication, stroll around Parc Elfenau, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then see the interesting displays at Omega Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bern online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Interlaken to Bern in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in March, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

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 31st (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Basilica, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the next day, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, view the masterpieces at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, make a trip to Chapel of the Maccabees, then see the interesting displays at Musee Barbier-Mueller, and finally browse the range of quality goods at Centre Commercial Balexert.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner.

Getting from Bern to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can fly back home.
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The Netherlands travel guide

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Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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France travel guide

4.3
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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