5 days in Germany, Istanbul & Zurich Itinerary

5 days in Germany, Istanbul & Zurich Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Ulm, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Fly

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Istanbul, Turkey

— 1 night

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hagia Sophia Mosque, then delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Kapali Carsi. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Suleymaniye Cami , and finally take an in-depth tour of Galata Tower.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Istanbul trip website.

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major aiports are İstanbul Airport, İstanbul Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In January in Istanbul, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 10°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Zurich.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 11th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Zurich driving holiday planner.

Getting from Istanbul to Zurich by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Turkey Time (TRT) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Istanbul in January, with highs in Zurich at 5°C and lows at -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Ulm.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Ulm, Germany

— 1 night
Part of the epicenter of the Holy Roman Empire, Ulm today stands as a cultural and economic hub of modern Germany.
On the 12th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Fishermen's Quarter, see the interesting displays at HfG-Archiv Ulm, then don't miss a visit to Erstes Ulmer Kasperle-Theater, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ulmer Münster.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ulm trip itinerary website.

Getting from Zurich to Ulm by car takes about 3 hours. In January in Ulm, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -2°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Ulm

Historic Sites · Museums
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Stuttgart, Germany

— 1 night

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, step into the grandiose world of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Stuttgart trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Ulm to Stuttgart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Stuttgart, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Germany travel guide

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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.