15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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15 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Polokwane, South Africa
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Polokwane, South Africa

2
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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town and Bahnhofstrasse. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, examine the collection at FIFA World Football Museum, don't miss a visit to Limmatquai, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Zurich travel itinerary planner.

Polokwane, South Africa to Zurich is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Polokwane in December, things will get much colder in Zurich: highs are around 5°C and lows about -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grindelwald.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Mt Pilatus
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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Grindelwald, Switzerland

Grindelwald ©
As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Visiting Grindelwald-First and Aletsch Glacier will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jungfraujoch and Maennlichen Royal Walk. Take a break from Grindelwald with a short trip to Molitor in Wengen, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Maennlichen, take in the dramatic scenery at Murrenbach Waterfalls, appreciate the views at Gletscherschlucht Grindelwald, and take a stroll through Alpiglen.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Grindelwald itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Grindelwald takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Grindelwald

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen, Molitor, Murrenbach Waterfalls
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Grindelwald-First ©
Grindelwald-First
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier

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Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland

Lenk im Simmental ©
Themed trails make vacations in Lenk im Simmental popular with winter sports lovers.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): hit the slopes at Skigebiet Betelberg, fly down the slopes at Skigebiet Metsch, then pause for some serene contemplation at Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgkirche Raron. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Bergbahnen Lenk.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lenk im Simmental trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Grindelwald to Lenk im Simmental takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lenk im Simmental can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Raron
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Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael ©
Felsenkirche Eglise St.Michael
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG ©
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG

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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.
For shopping fun, head to Die Hackeschen Hoefe or Klassenfeind Gallery. THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Berlin to Lubben to see Gurkenradweg Spreewald about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, get curious at German Museum of Technology, wander the streets of Mitte, and browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Berlin itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Lenk im Simmental to Berlin with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Munich.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Gurkenradweg Spreewald
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THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin ©
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
German Museum of Technology ©
German Museum of Technology

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, then examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, then get a taste of the local shopping with Schack-Galerie, and finally see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Munich day trip app .

Getting from Berlin to Munich by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. January in Munich sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Deutsches Museum ©
Deutsches Museum
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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