45 days in Germany, France & Switzerland Itinerary

45 days in Germany, France & Switzerland Itinerary

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Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany
— 5 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Bayeux, France
— 2 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
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Bordeaux, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Munich, Germany
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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Alter Elbtunnel, explore the activities along Port of Hamburg, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Townhall, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg trip itinerary tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Hamburg is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. In May, Hamburg is cooler than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 5 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.
Berlin is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Brandenburg Gate, steep yourself in history at East Side Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Zoo Berlin.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Berlin travel planning tool.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dresden.
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Dresden, Germany — 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, and then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Bruehlsche Terrasse, don't miss a visit to Frauenkirche Dresden, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Katholische Hofkirche, then examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe, and finally make a trip to Procession of Princes.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dresden online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Nuremberg.
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 11th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds), then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, and finally make a trip to Altstadt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Albrecht Durer's House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Frauenkirche, steep yourself in history at Altes Rathaus, then steep yourself in history at Bamberg Altstadt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Bamberg Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nuremberg vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to fly to Paris.
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Paris, France — 5 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Step out of Paris to go to Versailles and see Palace of Versailles, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Le Marais, and visit Montmartre.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Paris trip website.

You can fly from Nuremberg to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. May in Paris sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 2 nights

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the history at Omaha Beach, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Memorial 1st US Infantry Division Omaha Beach. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, and finally see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bayeux road trip planning site.

Drive from Paris to Bayeux in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. On the 20th (Sat), admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, then pause for some serene contemplation at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, and then identify plant and animal life at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mont-Saint-Michel vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Bordeaux.
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Bordeaux, France — 2 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Bourse, then don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Andre Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of La Cite du Vin, learn about winemaking at Chateau Cantenac, and then do a tasting at Chateau Beaurang.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bordeaux trip maker.

Getting from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bordeaux by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. When traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Bordeaux: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Marseille.
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Marseille, France — 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Marseille side-trips: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Chateau de la Gardine (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Avignon (Palais des Papes & Pont d'Avignon). Spend the 24th (Wed) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, wander the streets of The Panier, take an in-depth tour of Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Marseille trip planner.

You can fly from Bordeaux to Marseille in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Marseille sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Spend the 29th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, steep yourself in history at Palais Lascaris, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip app.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Geneva.
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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.
On the 30th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum. On the next day, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then pause for some photo ops at Reformation Wall, and finally take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Geneva trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Nice to Geneva by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Nice in May, expect little chillier with lows of 9°C in Geneva. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 1st (Thu), admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and finally admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten).

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Geneva to Bern by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lucerne.
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 5 nights

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lucerne: Pfarrkirche St. Heinrich (in Beckenried), Titlis (in Engelberg) and Rail Tours (in Zermatt). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne, make a trip to Kornmarkt, identify plant and animal life at Mt Pilatus, and explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne holiday planning site.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lucerne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rhine Falls, then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Zurich sightseeing app.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Munich travel route planner.

You can fly from Zurich to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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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.
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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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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