14 days in Germany, Strasbourg & Zurich Itinerary

14 days in Germany, Strasbourg & Zurich Itinerary

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Mainz, Germany
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Strasbourg, France
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Konstanz, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Mainz, Germany
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Mainz, Germany

— 1 night

Great Wine Capital

Steeped in history and tradition, Mainz is an elegant, modern city in Germany's largest wine-growing region and a major center for tourism.
On the 3rd (Sat), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Christoph-Kirche, admire the landmark architecture of Kirschgarten, make a trip to Nagelsaule, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Christuskirche, and finally don't miss a visit to St. Peter. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Saint Elizabeth's Church, then contemplate the long history of Mainzer Unterwelten, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche), and finally admire the local landmark of Fastnachtsbrunnen.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mainz vacation website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Mainz is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Mainz

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 5th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim, then get a dose of the wild on VinoVarlot, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Strasbourg planning site.

Traveling by car from Mainz to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Konstanz.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Outdoors · Wineries · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Konstanz, Germany

— 2 nights

City by the Lake

Set on the border with Switzerland and on the shores of the lake of the same name, Konstanz represents both a city of leisure and some of the country’s best education.
On the 6th (Tue), examine the collection at Rosgartenmuseum Konstanz, make a trip to Dreifaltigkeitskirche, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Stephan Kirche, then get a new perspective on things with Historische Fahre Konstanz, then steep yourself in history at Schnetztor, and finally pause for some photo ops at Graf-Zeppelin-Denkmal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Altstadt Engen, head outdoors with Aachquelle, and then head outdoors with Erlebniswald Mainau.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Konstanz day trip app.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Konstanz in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Konstanz

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Zurich, Switzerland

— 5 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Munot and Old Town will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Niederdorf and Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Museum Kloster Sankt Georgen (in Stein am Rhein) and Schloss Lenzburg (in Lenzburg). There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Jakob, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and see the interesting displays at Zoological Museum.

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

Drive from Konstanz to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel to Mainz.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Mainz, Germany

— 3 nights

Great Wine Capital

Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mainz Cathedral and St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche). St. Augustine's Church and Die Mainzer Zitadelle will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mainz: Wiesbaden (Saint Elizabeth's Church & Neroberg). See even more of Mainz: examine the collection at The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding, don't miss a visit to St. Peter, admire the local landmark of Fastnachtsbrunnen, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christuskirche.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mainz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Mainz takes 4.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mainz

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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.