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
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Alpia Sport + Mode. Step out of the city life by going to Harderkulm and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle, take in nature's colorful creations at Schynige Platte, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, and admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip maker.

Philadelphia, USA to Interlaken is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Interlaken, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, things will get little chillier in Interlaken: highs are around 73°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.
Nature · Parks · Shopping · Tours
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

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 Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge, Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, &more). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town and look for gifts at Lindt Factory Outlet Kilchberg.

To find reviews and more tourist information, go to the Zurich route planner.

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 the flight to Paris.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

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

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Paris takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; 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 fly to Munich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Munich, Germany — 4 nights

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 Viktualienmarkt. Step out of Munich with an excursion to Schloss Hohenschwangau in Hohenschwangau--about 1h 40 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Frauenkirche.

To see photos and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Munich takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August in Munich, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.
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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.