10 days in Germany, Zurich & Strasbourg Itinerary

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Drive to Washington Dulles International Airport, Fly to Nuremberg
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Fly to Washington Dulles International Airport, Drive to Dulles

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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum, Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf and Nuremberg Christmas Market. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): attend a local event at Nuremberg Christmas Market. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrts Weihnachtsdorf and then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip maker app.

Dulles, USA to Nuremberg is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dulles to Nuremberg is 6 hours. When traveling from Dulles in December, plan for slightly colder days in Nuremberg, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes St. Peter's Church as well as Nymphenburg Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Munich journey planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Munich are 41°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Zurich.
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Historic Sites

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Fraumünster Church as well as Old Town. On the 18th (Sun), wander the streets of Old Town. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich day trip site.

Getting from Munich to Zurich by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 41°F in December, and nighttime lows around 30°F. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 1 night

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg as well as Christmas Market (Christkindelsmarik).

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Strasbourg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Germany travel guide

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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.
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