12 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in France, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Train
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive
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Basel, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Paris, France
— 1 night

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Frankfurt, Germany

— 2 nights

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
On the 2nd (Tue), get a new perspective on nature at Senckenberg Natural History Museum (Naturmuseum Senckenberg), take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Romer. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), snap pictures at Iron Bridge, explore the world behind art at Stadel Museum, then explore the world behind art at Liebieghaus, and finally steep yourself in history at Goethe House.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt tour itinerary maker app.

Paris, France to Frankfurt is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. On the 4th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Stuttgart, Germany

— 2 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Grabkapelle auf dem Wuerttemberg, browse the exhibits of Mercedes-Benz Museum, and then take in panoramic vistas at Fernsehturm Stuttgart. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then take a stroll through Konigstrasse, and finally steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Stuttgart online route maker.

Take a train from Frankfurt to Stuttgart in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In November in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Munich, Germany

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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Munich road trip app.

Getting from Stuttgart to Munich by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. You'll set off for Zurich on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Tours · Nightlife · Outdoors
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 6th (Sat), get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum and then wander the streets of Old Town.

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Traveling by flight from Munich to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Basel, Switzerland

— 4 nights
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Basel: Bern (Aare River, The Cathedral of Bern, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Basel's Old Town, meet the residents at Zoo Basel, make a trip to Rathaus, and contemplate the long history of Basel Minster.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Basel road trip site.

Getting from Zurich to Basel by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November in Basel, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

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Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban, wander the streets of La Petite France, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, and finally stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Strasbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Paris, France

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, and then admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Paris trip itinerary builder app.

Take a train from Strasbourg to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 12°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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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.

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.