21 days in Germany, Czech Republic & Switzerland Itinerary

21 days in Germany, Czech Republic & Switzerland Itinerary

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Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
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Dresden, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Prague, Czech Republic
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lucerne, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Berlin, Germany

— 3 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Berliner Dom will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Pergamonmuseum and Mauermuseum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Großer Tiergarten, see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror, don't miss a visit to East Side Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Victory Column (Siegessaule).

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Berlin vacation maker website.

Washington, USA to Berlin is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Dresden, Germany

— 2 nights

Florence of the North

Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, then explore the world behind art at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister, and then make a trip to Procession of Princes. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Transport Museum Dresden, make a trip to Frauenkirche Dresden, then pause for some serene contemplation at Katholische Hofkirche, and finally examine the collection at Neues Grünes Gewölbe.

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Getting from Berlin to Dresden by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dresden can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Prague.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums · Historic Sites

Prague, Czech Republic

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hradcany and Sedlec Ossuary. Visit Staromestske namesti and St Barbara's Church for their historical value. There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral, snap pictures at Charles Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Kostel sv. Mikuláše, and appreciate the history behind Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Prague trip planning tool.

Getting from Dresden to Prague by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Prague are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Cesky Krumlov.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

— 1 night
Known around the world for its medieval castle, Cesky Krumlov offers the chance to experience the charm of a small European city seemingly frozen in time several centuries ago.
On the 24th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Jost Church, get to know the fascinating history of Historie mesta Ceský Krumlov, then gain interesting insight with Wiseman Free Tour, and finally step into the grandiose world of Cesky Krumlov Castle.

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Getting from Prague to Cesky Krumlov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daytime highs in Cesky Krumlov are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Cesky Krumlov

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Munich, Germany

— 2 nights

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.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the landmark architecture of Old Town Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan, then contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and finally step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of BMW Headquarters, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Burgersaalkirche, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Heiliggeistkirche.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Munich trip planning site.

You can drive from Cesky Krumlov to Munich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Munich sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Zurich, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
On the 27th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Peter, make a trip to Limmatquai, and then take a stroll through Old Town. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Kloster Einsiedeln, make a trip to Schloss Rapperswil, and then snap pictures at Wooden Bridge from Rapperswil to Hurden.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Zurich trip planner.

Fly from Munich to Zurich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 65°F, while at night they dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Lucerne, Switzerland

— 2 nights
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at Hofkirche, then contemplate the long history of Museggmauer, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Glasi Hergiswil, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Uferpromenade Weggis.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planning site.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Lucerne, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 31st (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breithorn, then make a trip to Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", then enjoy some diversion at Clay Shoot Zermatt, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have fun and explore at Word Nature Forum - UNESCO World Heritage Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch, don't miss a visit to Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then see what you can catch with Fly Fish Zermatt.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt vacation planner.

Drive from Lucerne to Zermatt in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Bern.

Things to do in Zermatt

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Bern, Switzerland

— 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 2nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, then visit Matte, then make a trip to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, and finally ponder the design of Mosesbrunnen. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church, then ponder the design of Simsonbrunnen, then admire the landmark architecture of Rathaus Bern, and finally admire the local landmark of Zahringerbrunnen.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Bern online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Bern takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Bern

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife · Parks

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.

Czech Republic travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Historic Walking Areas · Castles
From historical towns and cities, to a countryside speckled with castles and chateaus, the Czech Republic is a holiday destination that can satisfy everybody's taste. Even though it's modern and fully-developed, the country carefully preserves its traditions and heritage. The city of Prague, with its breathtaking architecture, vibrant art and culture scene, and bustling nightlife, is not only one of the country's main attractions, but also a top European tourist hub. The scenic countryside features numerous national parks and nature reserves perfect for hiking, cycling, golfing, and enjoying the natural beauty. In the wintertime ski buffs have their pick from a selection of resorts. If you're looking to unwind and rejuvenate in picturesque settings, visit the famous spa and wellness resorts that have been renowned in Europe for centuries.

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.