39 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

39 days in Germany, Austria & Switzerland Itinerary

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Ruedesheim am Rhein, Germany
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Erfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
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Weimar, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Bad Schussenried, Germany
— 3 nights
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Todtnau, Germany
— 2 nights
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Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald, Germany
— 3 nights
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Harburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Gries im Sellrain, Austria
— 3 nights
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Sankt Gallenkirch, Austria
— 2 nights
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Basel, Switzerland
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Zermatt, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland
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Titisee-Neustadt, Germany
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Ruedesheim am Rhein, Germany — 5 nights

An ancient riverside town with origins in the Celtic settlement of Europe, Ruedesheim am Rhein maintains its long-standing traditions with a local wine industry.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ruedesheim am Rhein: Marksburg (in Braubach), Koblenz (Ehrenbreitstein Fortress & Schloss Stolzenfels) and Loreley (in Sankt Goarshausen). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal), learn about winemaking at Asbach GmbH, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Ruedesheim am Rhein trip maker website.

Frankfurt to Ruedesheim am Rhein is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Ruedesheim am Rhein sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Erfurt.
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Erfurt, Germany — 2 nights

Its riverside location has put Erfurt at a major European trading crossroads for centuries.
Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Erfurt Cathedral, then make a trip to Domplatz, and then don't miss a visit to Kramerbruecke.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Erfurt trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Ruedesheim am Rhein to Erfurt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Erfurt, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Weimar.
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Weimar, Germany

Weimar more than makes up for its relatively small size with a wealth of historical, cultural, and architectural attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Markt as well as Duchess Anna Amalia Library. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get lost in a book at Duchess Anna Amalia Library and then make a trip to Markt.

Before you visit Weimar, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Weimar is just a stone's throw from Erfurt. In August, daytime highs in Weimar are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 3 nights

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 Topography of Terror, Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie and Gendarmenmarkt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, then pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, then pause for some photo ops at The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and finally contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall.

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Getting from Weimar to Berlin by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 nights

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
You've now added DB Museum (German Railway Museum) to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, don't miss a visit to Altstadt, and then see the interesting displays at DB Museum (German Railway Museum).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuremberg day trip website.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Nuremberg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Bad Schussenried.
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Bad Schussenried, Germany — 3 nights

Bad Schussenried is a town in Upper Swabia in the district of Biberach, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.It lies on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route. When in Bad Schussenried, make a side trip to see Sigmaringen Castle in Sigmaringen, approximately Sigmaringen away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Bierkrugmuseum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bad Schussenried tour website.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Bad Schussenried in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Bad Schussenried can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Todtnau.
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Todtnau, Germany — 2 nights

Todtnau is a town in the district of Lörrach in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. On the 20th (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at Dom St. Blasien and then take in the awesome beauty at Feldberg. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Hasenhorn Coaster Todtnau, then take in the dramatic scenery at Todtnau Waterfalls, and then get in on the family fun at Steinwasen Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Todtnau trip builder.

You can drive from Bad Schussenried to Todtnau in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Todtnau are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. You will leave for Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald on the 22nd (Mon).
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Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald, Germany — 3 nights

When in Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald, make a side trip to see Alternativer Wolf- Und Barenpark Schwarzwald in Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach, approximately Bad Rippoldsau-Schapbach away.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Todtnau to Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald takes 2 hours. August in Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel to Heidelberg.
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Heidelberg, Germany — 3 nights

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Heidelberg is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, steep yourself in history at Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), examine the collection at Pharmacy Museum, and take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge).

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg route planner.

Drive from Ottenhoefen im Schwarzwald to Heidelberg in 1.5 hours. August in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip planner.

You can drive from Heidelberg to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel to Harburg.
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Harburg, Germany — 1 night

On the 28th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Harburg Castle and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Schlosskirche St. Michael.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Harburg day trip tool.

Drive from Frankfurt to Harburg in 3.5 hours. In August in Harburg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gries im Sellrain.
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Gries im Sellrain, Austria — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gries im Sellrain: Gorges de Gleirschklamm (in Scharnitz), Wallfahrtskirche Maria Locherboden (in Moetz) and Mieming (Golfpark Mieminger Plateau & Badesee Mieming).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gries im Sellrain trip website.

Drive from Harburg to Gries im Sellrain in 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Harburg in August: highs in Gries im Sellrain hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 12°C. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Sankt Gallenkirch.
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Sankt Gallenkirch, Austria — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): fly down the slopes at Silvretta Montafon Nova and then explore the activities along Lunersee. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Alpine-Coaster-Golm, then head outdoors with Silvretta-Hochalpenstraße, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Silvretta-Stausee.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sankt Gallenkirch attractions planner.

Getting from Gries im Sellrain to Sankt Gallenkirch by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Gries im Sellrain in September, things will get a bit warmer in Sankt Gallenkirch: highs are around 22°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Basel.
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Basel, Switzerland

Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sankt Gallenkirch to Basel takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. You will leave for Zermatt on the 3rd (Sat).
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Mountaineers' Cemetery, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Basel to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a train to Basel.
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Basel, Switzerland

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Basel trip itinerary maker site.

Take a train from Zermatt to Basel in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 5th (Mon), you're off to Titisee-Neustadt.
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Titisee-Neustadt, Germany — 2 nights

Titisee-Neustadt is a municipality in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): look for gifts at Oli`s Schnitzstube and then admire the sheer force of Triberger Waterfall. Here are some ideas for day two: test the waters at Badeparadies Schwarzwald, then explore the activities along Lake Titisee, and then examine the collection at Marklin World Titisee.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Titisee-Neustadt online trip builder.

You can drive from Basel to Titisee-Neustadt in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 12°C. You'll set off for Stuttgart on the 7th (Wed).
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Stuttgart, Germany — 5 nights

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Stuttgart: Lichtenstein Castle (in Lichtenstein), Outletcity Metzingen (in Metzingen) and Burg Hohenzollern (in Bisingen). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Mercedes-Benz Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the historical opulence of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Stuttgart holiday maker site.

Getting from Titisee-Neustadt to Stuttgart by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 12th (Mon), you'll travel back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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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Austria travel guide

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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.
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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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