5 days in Germany, Istanbul & Zurich Itinerary

5 days in Germany, Istanbul & Zurich Itinerary

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5 days in Germany, Istanbul & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  5 h
3
Ulm, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sultan Ahmed Mosque, browse the exhibits of Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica Cistern, and finally hunt for treasures at Kapali Carsi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Dolmabahce Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Galata Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Istanbul day trip site .

If you are flying in from Turkey, the closest major airports are Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Istanbul are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Zurich.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Hagia Sophia Museum ©
Hagia Sophia Museum
Basilica Cistern ©
Basilica Cistern
Dolmabahce Palace ©
Dolmabahce Palace

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the activities along Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Istanbul to Zurich, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in January; daily highs in Zurich reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ulm.

Things to do in Zurich

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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Ulm, Germany

Ulm ©
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), make a trip to Fishermen's Quarter, examine the collection at HfG-Archiv Ulm, then make a trip to Erstes Ulmer Kasperle-Theater, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ulmer Münster.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ulm trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Zurich to Ulm takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Ulm are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Ulm

Museums Historic Sites
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HfG-Archiv Ulm ©
HfG-Archiv Ulm
Ulmer Münster ©
Ulmer Münster
Erstes Ulmer Kasperle-Theater ©
Erstes Ulmer Kasperle-Theater

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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten, then browse the exhibits of Landesmuseum Wurttemberg, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Fernsehturm Stuttgart.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Stuttgart travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ulm to Stuttgart in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 5°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Museums
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Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart ©
Fernsehturm Stuttgart
Landesmuseum Wurttemberg ©
Landesmuseum Wurttemberg

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