16 days in Switzerland, Poland & Germany Itinerary

16 days in Switzerland, Poland & Germany Itinerary

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16 days in Switzerland, Poland & Germany Itinerary

Start: Grand Rapids, United States
Drive + Fly:  23​h
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Lenk im Simmental, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Krakow, Poland
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h
End: Grand Rapids, United States

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Lido San Domenico, admire the sheer force of Parco delle Gole della Breggia, and then browse the different shops at FoxTown Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the excitement at Lido di Lugano, learn more about the world around you at Fossil Museum of the Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally view the masterpieces at Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lugano trip tool .

Grand Rapids, USA to Lugano is an approximately 23-hour flight. Traveling from Grand Rapids to Lugano, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lenk im Simmental.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio, Fox Town Factory Stores, Parco delle Gole della Breggia
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Parco delle Gole della Breggia ©
Parco delle Gole della Breggia
Fossil Museum of Monte San Giorgio ©
Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia ©

1
night
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 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Simmenfalle and then let the kids burn off some steam at Lenkerseeli/Spielplatz.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lenk im Simmental day trip planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Lenk im Simmental in 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lugano in July, with highs in Lenk im Simmental at 75°F and lows at 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lenk im Simmental

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Simmenfalle ©
Simmenfalle
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG ©
Lenk-Simmental Tourismus AG

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge, then examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, and finally stop by Mad Cow. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Lenk im Simmental to Interlaken takes 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Interlaken are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum, Aare Gorge
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and finally wander the streets of Old Town (Altstadt). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Zurich trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Zurich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Zurich are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Wed) to allow time for travel to Krakow.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen ©
Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Krakow, Poland

Krakow ©
One of Poland's oldest cities, Krakow sits at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, its historical town center nestled on the left bank of the Vistula River.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): wander the streets of Kazmierz The Former Jewish District, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wawel Cathedral, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Main Market Square.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Krakow trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Zurich to Krakow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In August in Krakow, expect temperatures between 77°F during the day and 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Berlin.

Things to do in Krakow

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Wawel Cathedral ©
Wawel Cathedral
Wieliczka Salt Mine ©
Wieliczka Salt Mine
Wawel Royal Castle ©
Wawel Royal Castle

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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.
Get in touch with nature at Zoo Berlin and Strandbar Mitte. Your inner history buff will appreciate Charlottenburg Palace and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Pergamon Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Friedrichstrasse, steep yourself in history at Memorial of the Berlin Wall, and make a trip to Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Berlin sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Krakow to Berlin in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
Memorial of the Berlin Wall ©
Memorial of the Berlin Wall

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