21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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21 days in Germany, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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


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2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery) and Grossmunster. Get a sense of the local culture at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and Bahnhofstrasse. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lake Lucerne (in Lucerne) and Heiternplatz (in Zofingen). There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Zurich vacation builder website .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Zurich is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from San Juan to Zurich due to the time zone difference. Traveling from San Juan in April, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 58°F and lows about 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive 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

2
nights
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Eninger Weide, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, then see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Mercedes-Benz Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Grabkapelle auf dem Wuerttemberg, then enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart, and then step into the grandiose world of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Stuttgart online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Zurich to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Stuttgart can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

2
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 7th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm and then head outdoors with Zugspitze. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Wank Mountain and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Linderhof.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen online travel route builder .

You can drive from Stuttgart to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 3 hours. Other options are to 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough 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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte, see the interesting displays at Appenzeller Brachtummuseum Urnaesch, take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mauritius Church, then see the interesting displays at Museum Appenzell, then explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Appenzell, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Appenzell trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Appenzell in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 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 Trips

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

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kindermuseum Creaviva and Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Interlaken: Bern (The Cathedral of Bern & UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern). There's much more to do: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Harderkulm, and get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Interlaken vacation planner .

Drive from Appenzell to Interlaken in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Bern, Maennlichen, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding
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.
On the 13th (Mon), examine the collection at Chaplin's World, then admire the striking features of Chateau de Chillon, then examine the collection at Queen Studio Experience, and finally pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then hit the slopes at Glacier 3000, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rochers-de-Naye.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Montreux day trip app .

Drive from Interlaken to Montreux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Parks Museums Winter Sports

Side Trips

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

2
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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then make a trip to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): cruise along Gornergrat and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta".

Plan trip to Zermatt with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo, then take an in-depth tour of Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and finally contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Civic Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan day trip planning app .

Getting from Zermatt to Milan by train takes about 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Milan are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, then take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern, and finally examine the collection at Bourbaki Panorama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, pause for some photo ops at Hans Waldmann Statue, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, then look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch, and finally take in the views from Chapel Bridge.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Zurich trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Milan to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Milan in April, with highs in Zurich at 58°F and lows at 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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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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