12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

12 days in Switzerland, Germany & Italy Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Dortmund, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 15 min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
5
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Milan, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1
night
Dortmund, Germany

Dortmund ©
Though its major passion may be soccer, Dortmund offers visitors more than just historical sports venues.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at Zeiss Planetarium, see the interesting displays at German Mining Museum, thensee where the action happens at Signal Iduna Park, thenmake a trip to Florian Tower (Florianturm), and finally stroll around Westfalenpark.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dortmund trip tool.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Dortmund is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Dortmund can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Dortmund

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bochum
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Westfalenpark ©
Westfalenpark
German Mining Museum ©
German Mining Museum
Zeiss Planetarium ©
Zeiss Planetarium

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day
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich online tour itinerary builder.

Do a combination of train and flight from Dortmund to Zurich in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Dortmund in December since evenings lows in Zurich dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Grossmunster ©
Grossmunster

few
hours
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 21st (Wed), engage your brain at Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lucerne trip planner.

Drive from Zurich to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Lucerne sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz ©
Verkehrshaus der Schweiz

2
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.
On the 22nd (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, pick up some new knowledge with Funky Chocolate Club Switzerland, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, thenexamine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken trip planning website.

You can drive from Lucerne to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Traveling from Lucerne in December, you will find days in Interlaken are little chillier (1°C), and nights are about the same (-4°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Lauterbrunnen.

Things to do in Interlaken

Nature Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum ©
Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum

2
nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen ©
A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): admire the sheer force of Staubbach Waterfall and then take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle. Keep things going the next day: admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kleine Scheidegg.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lauterbrunnen attractions app.

Lauterbrunnen is just a short distance from Interlaken. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Lauterbrunnen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
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Staubbach Waterfall ©
Staubbach Waterfall
The Eiger ©
The Eiger
Kleine Scheidegg ©
Kleine Scheidegg

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night
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 25th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Lauterbrunnen to Milan takes 4 hours. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Piazza del Duomo ©
Piazza del Duomo

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nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, thenadmire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Piazza San Marco. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Gallerie dell'Accademia, steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, thenenjoy breathtaking views from St Mark's Campanile, thenexamine the collection at Doge's Palace, and finally wander the streets of Cannaregio.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Venice tour planning site.

You can drive from Milan to Venice in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. December in Venice sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 28th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and then see the interesting displays at BMW Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get curious at Deutsches Museum, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Flaucher, and then examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Munich online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Venice to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Venice in December, expect Munich to be little chillier, temps between 5°C and -1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Parks Nature
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BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum

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