17 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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17 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Cairo, Egypt
+2
Fly + bus + train:  10​h 15​min
1
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
7
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Cairo, Egypt

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Gorner Gorge, enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and then take in the awesome beauty at Oberrothorn.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Zermatt itinerary planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Zermatt is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Zermatt is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a train to Interlaken.

Things to do in Zermatt

#Nature, #Parks
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Gorner Gorge ©
Gorner Gorge

3
nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Parasailing & Paragliding and Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken attractions tool .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Aletsch Glacier
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Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Parasailing & Paragliding
Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle

2
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), admire the landmark architecture of Fraumünster Church, and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rhine Falls.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Zurich road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Zurich

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Mt Pilatus
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)

2
nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 25th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Linderhof Palace, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pfarrkirche St. Martin, and then take in the awesome beauty at Zugspitze. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Ferchensee Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Peter und Paul, and then identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Mittenwald, Linderhof Palace
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Zugspitze ©
Zugspitze
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Linderhof Palace ©
Linderhof Palace

1
night
Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Eagle's Nest, don't miss a visit to Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, and then explore the activities along Konigssee.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Berchtesgaden trip planner.

Getting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Berchtesgaden by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

#Nature, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Konigssee ©
Konigssee
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines ©
Berchtesgaden Salt Mines

3
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.
Munich is known for museums, nature, parks, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, indulge your taste buds at Restaurant und Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus).

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Munich trip builder site .

You can drive from Berchtesgaden to Munich in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
English Garden ©
English Garden

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
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, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, examine the collection at Topography of Terror, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Munich to Berlin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

#Outdoors, #Museums, #Parks
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Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate

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