16 days in Germany & Zurich Itinerary

16 days in Germany & Zurich Itinerary

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16 days in Germany & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
3
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Quebec City, Canada

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Die Hackeschen Hoefe, take a stroll through Mitte, and then admire the masterpieces at Pergamonmuseum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): take in the history at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, view the masterpieces at Klassenfeind Gallery, and then steep yourself in history at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Berlin online trip builder .

Quebec City, Canada to Berlin is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Quebec City to Berlin is 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Hamburg.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Mitte ©
Mitte

1
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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
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.
On the 21st (Mon), stop by Alsterhaus Hamburg, then get to know the fascinating history of Alter Elbtunnel, then get to know the fascinating history of Speicherstadt, and finally examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of St Nikolai Memorial, then admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, and then examine the collection at Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe.

To see reviews, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Hamburg online route planner .

You can take a train from Berlin to Hamburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

2
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.
On the 23rd (Wed), browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Schleissheim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Thu): examine the collection at BMW Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery, and then explore the historical opulence of Dachau Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Munich online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Hamburg to Munich takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Hamburg in October, plan for little chillier nights in Munich, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Schloss Schleissheim, Dachau Palace, Andechs Monastery
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Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
BMW Museum ©
BMW Museum

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nights
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Garmisch-Partenkirchen ©
Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
Schloss Hohenschwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Schloss Linderhof and Hohes Schloss. Step out of Garmisch-Partenkirchen with an excursion to St. Koloman in Schwangau--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Partnachklamm, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Oberammergau Church, take in the dramatic natural features at Iron Bridge Partnachklamm, and head outdoors with Eckbauerbahn.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen trip builder website .

Drive from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Schwangau, Schloss Hohenschwangau, Oberammergau Church, Hohes Schloss, Schloss Linderhof
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Schloss Linderhof ©
Schloss Linderhof
Partnachklamm ©
Partnachklamm
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Würzburg Residence, step into the grandiose world of Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Herrgottskirche, and finally ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Rodertor, take an in-depth tour of Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, then contemplate the long history of Burgtor und Burg, then see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., and finally hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Rothenburg online visit planner .

Getting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Rothenburg by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in October: highs in Rothenburg hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Würzburg Residence, Herrgottskirche, Schloss und Schlossgarten Weikersheim
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Town Walls ©
Town Walls
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence

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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 (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Old Town, then stop by Confiserie Sprungli, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and finally examine the collection at FCZ Museum.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich trip maker app .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Zurich in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
The Rosengart Collection ©
The Rosengart Collection

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