21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  15 h
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Appenzell, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
7
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
8
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
9
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Zurich and Lake Lucerne. Get some cultural insight at Landesmuseum and Friedhof Fluntern. Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Zofingen to see Heiternplatz about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich, don't miss a visit to Bahnhofstrasse, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder website.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Zurich is an approximately 15.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from San Juan to Zurich is 5 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from San Juan in April: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 58°F and lows are around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Heiternplatz, Lake Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich ©
Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich

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nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 5th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Eninger Weide, admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, then examine the collection at Porsche Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Mercedes-Benz Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Grabkapelle auf dem Wuerttemberg, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart, and then explore the historical opulence of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Stuttgart trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Stuttgart takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. April in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 40°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Eninger Weide
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Landesmuseum Wurttemberg ©
Landesmuseum Wurttemberg

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nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wank Mountain and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip itinerary site.

Getting from Stuttgart to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Appenzell.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Schloss Linderhof
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Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze

1
night
Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell ©
Appenzell District is a district of the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden in Switzerland. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, examine the collection at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Mauritius Church, then examine the collection at Museum Appenzell, and finally admire the masterpieces at Kunstmuseum Appenzell.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Appenzell trip maker app.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Appenzell in 3.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 57°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Appenzell

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch
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Museum Appenzell ©
Museum Appenzell
Kunstmuseum Appenzell ©
Kunstmuseum Appenzell
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte ©
Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Visit Schlosskirche and The Cathedral of Bern for their historical value. Visiting Parasailing & Paragliding and Jungfraujoch will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Interlaken: Bern (Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), Kindermuseum Creaviva, &more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Maennlichen and take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Wydi.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Interlaken travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Appenzell to Interlaken takes 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Museums

Side Trips

Bern, Maennlichen, Jungfraujoch
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Maennlichen ©
Maennlichen

2
nights
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, contemplate the long history of Chateau de Chillon, then see the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, and finally appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, then glide through natural beauty at Glacier 3000, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Montreux trip maker.

You can drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Glacier 3000, Chaplin's World
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Glacier 3000 ©
Glacier 3000

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nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, then make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta".

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zermatt tour builder website.

Traveling by train from Montreux to Zermatt takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Civic Archaeological Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Milan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. April in Milan sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Il Cenacolo ©
Il Cenacolo

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then shop like a local with Kunsthalle Luzern, and finally get engrossed in the history at Bourbaki Panorama. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue, take in the awesome beauty at Rigi, then identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip builder website.

You can fly from Milan to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, Zurich is little chillier than Milan - with highs of 58°F and lows of 41°F. On the 21st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich) ©
Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich)
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town

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