17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Frankfurt, Germany — 4 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Bring the kids along to Stadel Museum and Altstadt (Old Town). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke & Würzburg Residence) and Heidelberg (Philosopher’s Walk, Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Romer, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Frankfurt, snap pictures at Iron Bridge, and take an in-depth tour of Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip planner.

London, UK to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Frankfurt, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, then get curious at Deutsches Museum, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Hofgarten.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich vacation maker website.

Fly from Frankfurt to Munich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Frankfurt in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Munich, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): wander the streets of Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then explore the activities along Seebad Enge. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and then appreciate the history behind Lion Monument.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Zurich day trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October in Zurich, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 5 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.
Attractions like Parasailing & Paragliding and Titlis make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Elfenau Park, &more). There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, get some thrills on the water with Jet Boat Interlaken, learn something new at Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, and get your game on at Ropes Park Interlaken.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip planner.

You can drive from Zurich to Interlaken in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Interlaken are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can go by car to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Geneva road trip planner.

Getting from Interlaken to Geneva by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. October in Geneva sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Thu) before leaving for Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 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.
Bring the kids along to Musee d'Orsay and Louvre Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner.

Take a train from Geneva to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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