15 days in Germany, Vienna & Zurich Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Vienna & Zurich Itinerary

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Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
5
Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Toronto, Canada

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Romer, make a trip to Main Tower, thenadmire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, thencontemplate the long history of Goethe House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum Embankment, thenadmire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, thensnap pictures at Iron Bridge, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Frankfurt planning site.

Toronto, Canada to Frankfurt is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Toronto in August since evenings lows in Frankfurt dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Romer ©
Romer
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, thensnap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally make a trip to KolnTriangle.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cologne road trip app.

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Cologne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
KolnTriangle ©
KolnTriangle
Hohenzollern Bridge ©
Hohenzollern Bridge

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll around Planten un Blomen, thenget to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and then browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hamburg online tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Hamburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Planten un Blomen ©
Planten un Blomen
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, pause for some serene contemplation at Berliner Dom, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Berlin visit planning site.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Vienna.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Walking tours
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum

3
nights
Vienna, Austria

Vienna ©
The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, admire the masterpieces at Albertina, examine the collection at Judenplatz Holocaust Memorial, and admire the landmark architecture of Belvedere Palace.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vienna tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Berlin to Vienna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Vienna are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Vienna

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Schonbrunn  Palace ©
Schonbrunn Palace
St. Stephen's Cathedral ©
St. Stephen's Cathedral
Belvedere Palace ©
Belvedere Palace

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, thentake in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche, and then steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, thentake in nature's colorful creations at English Garden, thendon't miss a visit to Marienplatz, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Munich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Vienna in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Munich, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites Museums Nature
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): explore the world behind art at Museum Rietberg, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Swimming Pools Unter Letten, wander the streets of Old Town, thenstop by Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and finally take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Zurich takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Museums Nature
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Museum Rietberg ©
Museum Rietberg

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