13 days in Germany, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

13 days in Germany, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

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13 days in Germany, Zurich & Lucerne Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  19 h
1
Dusseldorf, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
+3
Train + Bus + Fly + Train:  6 h 45 min
7
Aachen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

1
night
Dusseldorf, Germany

Dusseldorf ©
Renowned for its fashion and trade fairs, Dusseldorf offers visitors vibrant nightlife and a wide range of shopping options.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): stop by Old Town (Altstadt), make a trip to Konigsallee, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Rheinuferpromenade, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Rhine Tower.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dusseldorf online itinerary creator.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Dusseldorf is an approximately 19-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time to Central European Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jakarta in November: high temperatures in Dusseldorf hover around 11°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Dusseldorf

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Rheinuferpromenade ©
Rheinuferpromenade
Altstadt ©
Altstadt

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Städel, hunt for treasures at Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt, and then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt sightseeing planner.

You can take a train from Dusseldorf to Frankfurt in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle

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Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 15th (Wed), get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, browse the eclectic array of goods at Käthe Wohlfahrt - Weihnachtsdorf, see the interesting displays at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum, see the interesting displays at Criminal Medieval Museum, then contemplate the long history of Old Town, and finally steep yourself in history at Town Walls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Rothenburg trip generator.

Traveling by car from Frankfurt to Rothenburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

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Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 16th (Thu), wander the streets of Koenigstrasse, examine the collection at Porsche Museum, then admire the natural beauty at Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, and finally see the interesting displays at Mercedes-Benz Museum.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Stuttgart travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Stuttgart in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Porsche Museum ©
Porsche Museum
Konigstrasse ©
Konigstrasse

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town (Altstadt).

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Zurich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Zurich are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

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Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Appreciate the collections at Swiss Museum of Transport and Sammlung Rosengart. Visiting Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Lucerne side-trips: Parasailing & Paragliding (in Interlaken) and Aare Gorge (in Meiringen). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne itinerary builder.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In November in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 3°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Wed) before leaving for Aachen.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Museums Parks

Side Trips

Aare Gorge, Parasailing & Paragliding
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
On the 23rd (Thu), hike along Eifelsteig and then pause for some serene contemplation at Aachen Cathedral.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Aachen itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Lucerne to Aachen. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aachen

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Eifelsteig
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Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral

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