28 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

28 days in Germany, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Berlin Schoenefeld, Train to Dresden
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Dresden, Germany
— 1 night
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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Giethoorn, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Geneva Cointrin International Airport
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Dresden, Germany

— 1 night

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of The Dresden Zwinger. Here are some ideas for day two: get great views at Basteigebiet, steep yourself in history at Sachsisches Standehaus, make a trip to Procession of Princes, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche Dresden.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dresden trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Dresden is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tel Aviv to Dresden due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Tel Aviv in May, with highs in Dresden at 20°C and lows at 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 19:

Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gemaldegalerie and Potsdam's Gardens. Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and Palace of Tears. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Berlin: Potsdam (Sanssouci Palace & Sanssouci Park). There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Berliner Dom, see the interesting displays at Stasi Museum, browse the exhibits of Deutsches Historisches Museum, and contemplate the long history of Berlin-Hohenschonhausen Memorial.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Dresden to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — 22:

Hamburg, Germany

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): ponder the world of politics at Townhall, see the interesting displays at CHOCOVERSUM by HACHEZ, admire the striking features of Speicherstadt, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, then get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, and finally take a stroll through HafenCity. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, take in the waterfront at Harbor Piers, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, then wander the streets of Alster, and finally go all around town with City Tours.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hamburg day trip website.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Hamburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Hamburg are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Hamburg

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get some cultural insight at The Jordaan and World Heritage Kinderdijk. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder and Tassenmuseum Amsterdam. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Amsterdam: Rotterdam Centraal Station (in Rotterdam) and Utrecht (Dom Tower & Canals area). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Zaanse Schans, steep yourself in history at Begijnhof, take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Duif, and get engrossed in the history at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam trip builder tool.

You can fly from Hamburg to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. In May, daily temperatures in Amsterdam can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Giethoorn.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

Giethoorn, The Netherlands

— 2 nights
Giethoorn is a village in the Dutch province of Overijssel. On the 28th (Fri), head outdoors with Borgelerbad, look for all kinds of wild species at Groote Zand Hooghalen, and then examine the collection at Speelgoedmuseum Kinderwereld (Toy Museum Children's World). On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at HistoMobil, see the interesting displays at De Oude Aarde, look for gifts at Lekkers & Zo, examine the collection at Gloria Maris Schelpengalerie, then see the interesting displays at Museum Giethoorn 't Olde Maat Uus, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Giethoorn journey planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Giethoorn takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Giethoorn are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Giethoorn

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 27 — 29:

Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): kick back and relax at Bains des Paquis, explore the activities along Lake Geneva, then ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Emmanuel Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, examine the collection at Petit Palais Museum, get curious at CERN, then don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, then make a trip to Broken Chair Sculpture, and finally see the interesting displays at ICT Discovery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva day trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Giethoorn to Geneva. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Montreux.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 29 — 31:

Montreux, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Montreux Lakeside, steep yourself in history at Gruyeres Castle, have fun and explore at Chaplin's World, then pause for some photo ops at Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Rochers-de-Naye, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Saint-Maire, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then see the interesting displays at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), and finally go for a stroll along the water at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip app.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Montreux takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 2:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Villa Cassel, then stop by Jack Wolfskin Store, and then get great views at Gornergrat. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, don't miss a visit to Walk of Climb, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and finally make a trip to Roemisch-katholische Kirche Tasch.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 4:

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 5th (Sat), take in the views from Chapel Bridge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Titlis. On the next day, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, visit Old Town, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and finally wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lucerne day trip app.

You can drive from Zermatt to Lucerne in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June, daytime highs in Lucerne are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Heidelberg, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, then take in the views from Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), then head outdoors with Philosopher’s Walk, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Synagoge. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Sperrfechter Freizeitpark, appreciate the history behind Paradiesbrunnen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Speyer Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Technik Museum Speyer.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Heidelberg trip itinerary planning app.

Drive from Lucerne to Heidelberg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 6 — 8:

Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 9th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Stephan, step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, take in the views from Alte Mainbruecke, then step into the grandiose world of Fortress Marienberg, then get engrossed in the history at Siebold-Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Kavaliersbau (Townhall). On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), stop by Altstadt, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, see the interesting displays at Doll and Toy Museum (Puppen & Spielzeug Museum), then steep yourself in history at Turm der Stadtbefestigung, and finally steep yourself in history at Pulverturm und Mittelalterlicher Stadtgraben.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rothenburg online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Rothenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. June in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 8 — 10:

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

— 2 nights
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 11th (Fri), head outdoors with Alpspitz-Wellenbad, then trek along Ettal Wintersport: Wildfutterung im Grasswangtal, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zugspitze, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Grubsee. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Erlebnisberg Steckenberg, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Linderhof, then look for gifts at Die Schaukaeserei Ettal, and finally identify plant and animal life at Partnachklamm.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In June, daily temperatures in Garmisch-Partenkirchen can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 10 — 12:

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 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Church, contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, then examine the collection at BMW Museum, and finally examine the collection at BMW Welt. Here are some ideas for day two: ponder the world of politics at New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus), then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Munich online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Munich takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:

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.

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

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.