16 days in Switzerland, Paris & Germany Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Paris & Germany Itinerary

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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train to Basel SBB, Bus to Mulhouse, Fly to Paris Orly
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly to New York JFK, Train to Philadelphia


Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Trümmelbachfälle. Visiting Harderkulm and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls will get you outdoors. Step out of Interlaken to go to Wengen and see Alpia Sport + Mode, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, admire the natural beauty at Schynige Platte, and explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

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Philadelphia, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in August; daily highs in Interlaken reach 73°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
We've included these beaches for you: Seebad Eich and Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Lucerne and Old Town. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, &more). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and stop by Lindt Chocolate Shop Kilchberg.

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Drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Zurich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Paris, France

— 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Le Marais and Île de la Cité. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Zurich to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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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.
Relax by the water at Roberto Beach and Strandbad St. Alban. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zugspitze and New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus). Step out of Munich with an excursion to Schloss Hohenschwangau in Hohenschwangau--about 1h 40 min away. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Munich takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

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Switzerland travel guide

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.

Germany travel guide

Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.