32 days in Italy, Munich & Switzerland Itinerary

32 days in Italy, Munich & Switzerland Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Brig, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Appenzell, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive to Zürich Airport, Fly to Venice
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Venice, Italy
— 6 nights
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Rome, Italy
— 6 nights
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Munich, Germany

— 4 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek.

To find maps and more tourist information, go to the Munich road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Munich is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 9 hours. In July, daytime highs in Munich are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Lucerne.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours
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Lucerne, Switzerland

— 4 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Explore Lucerne's surroundings by going to Titlis (in Engelberg) and Zurich (Old Town, Loorenkopf Aussichtsturm, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, fly down the slopes at Mt Pilatus, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, and take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip builder.

Fly from Munich to Lucerne in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Lucerne sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Step out of Grindelwald to go to Brienz and see Lake Brienz, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along The Eiger, get great views at First Cliff Walk by Tissot, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and appreciate the views at Lauterbrunnen Village.

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Getting from Lucerne to Grindelwald by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Brig.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Brig, Switzerland

— 1 night
Brig, officially Brig-Glis is a historic town and a municipality in the district of Brig in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.The current municipality was formed in 1972 through the merger of Brig, Brigerbad and Glis.Together with other Alpine towns Brig-Glis engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc.Brig-Glis was awarded Alpine Town of the Year 2008.The official language of Brig is German, but the main spoken language is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.HistoryThe name Brig is derived from Briva, or "bridge." Its older houses are very Italian in appearance, while its most prominent buildings (Stockalper Palace, former Jesuits' college and Ursuline convent) all date from the 17th century, and are due to the generosity of a single member of the local Stockalper family, the baron Kaspar Stockalper.The prosperity of Brig is bound up with the Simplon Pass, so that it gradually supplanted the more ancient village of Naters opposite, becoming a separate parish (the church is at Glis, a few minutes from the town) in 1517. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Riederalp, then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, then hit the slopes at Aletsch Arena, and finally soothe aching muscles at Thermalquellen Brigerbad.

To find photos and tourist information, go to the Brig trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Grindelwald to Brig in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Brig can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Brig

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Zermatt is known for nature, winter sports, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, get great views at Gornergrat, and enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt attractions planner.

You can drive from Brig to Zermatt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a tram; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Appenzell, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get outside with Hoher Kasten, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Santis der Berg, then get outside with Seealpsee, and finally make a trip to Berggasthaus Aescher - Wildkirchli. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Heidiland, Head underground at Tamina Gorge, then stop by Flauderei, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Appenzell road trip app.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Appenzell takes 5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Appenzell can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Venice.

Things to do in Appenzell

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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Venice, Italy

— 6 nights

City of Romance

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony, Prato della Valle, &more) and Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Canal Grande, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, don't miss a visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and admire the landmark architecture of Ca' Zenobio degli Armeni.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planning app.

Explore your travel options from Appenzell to Venice with the Route module. Traveling from Appenzell in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 87°F and lows about 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rome.

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Rome, Italy

— 6 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Explore Rome's surroundings by going to Tivoli (Villa Adriana & Villa d'Este). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Colosseum, contemplate the long history of Roman Forum, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Rome sightseeing planning website.

You can fly from Venice to Rome in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. July in Rome sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Thu) before leaving for home.

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Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Italy travel guide

4.6
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.