31 days in Germany & Zurich Itinerary

31 days in Germany & Zurich Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Leipzig, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Zoo Berlin. Get a sense of the local culture at Topography of Terror and Berliner Dom. You'll explore and learn at Jewish Museum Berlin and Ariel Fantasy. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, stop by Kado, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin online tour itinerary maker.

Jacksonville, USA to Berlin is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Jacksonville to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall
Jewish Museum Berlin ©
Jewish Museum Berlin

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Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saxon Switzerland National Park. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Saxon Switzerland National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, then explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, and then take a stroll through Neustadt.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Dresden itinerary planner.

Drive from Berlin to Dresden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Dresden are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Leipzig.

Things to do in Dresden

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Saxon Switzerland National Park ©
Saxon Switzerland National Park
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Albertinum ©
Albertinum

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Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig ©

Little Paris

Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
You've now added Zoo Leipzig to your itinerary.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Leipzig trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Leipzig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Leipzig can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Leipzig

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trip

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Zoo Leipzig ©
Zoo Leipzig
Sektkellerei Rotkaeppchen ©
Sektkellerei Rotkaeppchen
Volkerschlachtdenkmal ©
Volkerschlachtdenkmal

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 9th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Sky Adventure, contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then hunt for treasures at Hauptmarkt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Leipzig to Nuremberg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
Germanisches Nationalmuseum ©
Germanisches Nationalmuseum
Flussbad Hainbadestelle ©
Flussbad Hainbadestelle

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Europa-Park has been added to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Reichsstadtmuseum and Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum). Get some cultural insight at Kapuzinerkloster Nikolausberg and Altstadt. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rothenburg: Wurzburg (St. Kilian Cathedral & Alte Mainbruecke). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Town Walls, examine the collection at German Christmas Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, and get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

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You can drive from Nuremberg to Rothenburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Reichsstadtmuseum ©
Reichsstadtmuseum

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace and BMW Welt. Let the collections at Munich Residenz and BMW Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the activities along English Garden, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Church, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Munich online route planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
BMW Welt ©
BMW Welt

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Shop till you drop at Bahnhofstrasse and Galerie Rigassi by SOON. You'll explore and learn at The Rosengart Collection and Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Mt Pilatus (in Kriens), Bern (UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), &more) and Lucerne (Bourbaki Panorama, Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, &more). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, shop like a local with ARTBOX.GALLERY, explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), and get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Zurich online road trip planner.

Drive from Munich to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Trier.

Things to do in Zurich

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern

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Trier, Germany

Trier ©

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Hauptmarkt and Rituals. Take a break from the city and head to Mosel Valley and Petrisberg. Venture out of the city with trips to Traben-Trarbach (Weingut Louis Klein & Grevenburg Castle), Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), get a sense of history and politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, steep yourself in history at Wallmauer, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom).

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Trier travel planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Zurich to Trier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Trier can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Hamburg.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) ©
St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom)
Mosel Valley ©
Mosel Valley
Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum) ©

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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©

Gateway to the World

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Planten un Blomen, Red Gallery and Wildpark Schwarze Berge. Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Wildpark Schwarze Berge, get a taste of the local shopping with Red Gallery, then stroll around Planten un Blomen, and finally stop by Reeperbahn.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hamburg trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Trier to Hamburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Wildpark Schwarze Berge ©
Wildpark Schwarze Berge
Reeperbahn ©
Reeperbahn
Red Gallery ©
Red Gallery

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Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©

Athens of the Spree

You've now added Zoo Berlin to your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Topography of Terror and Neues Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Potsdamer Platz and East Side Gallery. See some other sides of Berlin: get a sense of history and politics at Reichstag Building, savor a delicious cup with Berlin Food Tour, learn insider's secrets on Secret Tours Berlin, and steep yourself in history at Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Berlin day trip planner.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 31st (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Topography of Terror ©
Topography of Terror
Potsdamer Platz ©
Potsdamer Platz

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