28 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Murren, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Schwangau, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Innsbruck, Austria
— 2 nights
Train
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mountaineers' Cemetery and Intercontinental Church Society. Get in touch with nature at Gorner Gorge and The Matterhorn. Go for a jaunt from Zermatt to Grimentz to see Cabane de Moiry about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee, take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and hike along 5-Seenweg.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Zermatt online trip itinerary maker.

Denver, USA to Zermatt is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Denver to Zermatt. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Murren.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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Murren, Switzerland

— 1 night
With a population of just 450 people, Murren brings to life an authentic Swiss mountain village.
On the 21st (Tue), hike along North face Trail, trek along Via Ferrata, and then stroll through Gimmelwald - Tanzbodeli.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Murren online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Zermatt to Murren in 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Murren

Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 20 — 21:

Grindelwald, Switzerland

— 4 nights

Glacier Village

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Maennlichen and Lieselotte Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Grindelwald Museum and Alpiglen. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Eiger, hike along Wanderung Bussalp - Bort, hit the slopes at Grindelwald-First, and stroll through Maennlichen Romantic Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grindelwald online tour planner.

Traveling by train from Murren to Grindelwald takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 5 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Get some historical perspective at Uferpromenade Weggis and Hofkirche. Escape the urban bustle at Mt Pilatus and Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten). Change things up with a short trip to Sattel Hochstuckli in Sattel (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, and don't miss a visit to Kornmarkt.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lucerne tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 25 — 30:

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Munot and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. Get in touch with nature at Rhine Falls and Felsenegg. Venture out of the city with trips to Altstadt Schaffhausen (in Schaffhausen) and Schloss Rapperswil (in Rapperswil). There's still lots to do: stop by Old Town and explore the activities along Seebad Enge.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich travel route site.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Zurich sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 3:

Schwangau, Germany

— 2 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalvarienberg, kick back and relax at Alpseebad, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally get outside with Poellatschlucht. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Hl.-Geist-Spitalkirche, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkloster St. Stephan, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman.

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Getting from Zurich to Schwangau by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Zurich in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Schwangau, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 3 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the world behind art at Pinakothek der Moderne, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, then examine the collection at FC Bayern Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, admire the masterpieces at Staatliche Museum Agyptischer Kunst, explore the world behind art at Lenbachhaus, then explore the world behind art at Glyptothek, and finally see the interesting displays at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Munich trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Schwangau to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 7:

Innsbruck, Austria

— 2 nights
Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuit Church, see the interesting displays at Burg Hasegg / Hall Mint, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), explore the world behind art at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and finally fly down the slopes at Patscherkofel Cable Car Lower/Valley Station.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Innsbruck online trip planner.

Getting from Munich to Innsbruck by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 9:

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kollegienkirche (Collegiate Church) and Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian). Do some cultural sightseeing at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle and Salzburg Cathedral. Step out of Salzburg to go to Golling an der Salzach and see Gollinger Wasserfall, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and browse the exhibits of Mozarts Geburtshaus.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Salzburg sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Innsbruck to Salzburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Salzburg sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 9 — 12:

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Churches
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.