16 days in Eastern Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

16 days in Eastern Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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16 days in Eastern Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

Start: Washington DC, United States
+2
subway + bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  7​h 45​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
3
Montreux, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Engelberg, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  12​h 30​min
End: Washington DC, United States

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Room Escape Games and Potsdam's Gardens. Explore Berlin's surroundings by going to Potsdam (Sanssouci Park & Sanssouci Palace). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Neues Museum, admire the striking features of German Historical Museum, pause for some photo ops at Victory Column (Siegessaule), and wander the streets of Potsdamer Platz.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Berlin road trip planning website .

Washington DC, USA to Berlin is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of subway, bus, and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or fly. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Berlin due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Zermatt.

Things to do in Berlin

#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Potsdam
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Neues Museum ©
Neues Museum
Room Escape Games
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gornergrat and The Matterhorn. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, get outside with Monta Rosa Hutte, and stop by Laderach.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip planner .

Getting from Berlin to Zermatt by combination of flight, bus, and train takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can take a train to Montreux.

Things to do in Zermatt

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga

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Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Memorial, then go for a walk through Lakeside Promenade Fleuri, then explore the engaging exhibits at Chaplin's World, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chateau de Chillon.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Montreux trip website .

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Montreux takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Montreux

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lausanne, Eglise Notre Dame, Castle of Gruyeres, Chateau de Chillon, Chaplin's World
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Castle of Gruyeres ©
Castle of Gruyeres

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle, then enjoy breathtaking views from Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, and then admire the verdant scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Interlaken holiday builder tool .

Getting from Montreux to Interlaken by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. September in Interlaken sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Engelberg.

Things to do in Interlaken

#Parks, #Nature, #Adventure

Side Trips

Lauterbrunnen, Jungfraujoch Sphinx Observatory, UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
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Trümmelbachfälle ©
Trümmelbachfälle
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

2
nights
Engelberg, Switzerland

Engelberg ©
Engelberg offers outdoor activities for a variety of skill levels and remains much less well-known than other Swiss resorts.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument and then stroll through Mount Titlis. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Swiss Museum of Transport, then wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and then get great views at The Nine Towers.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Engelberg trip app .

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Engelberg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Engelberg can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Engelberg

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Mount Titlis ©
Mount Titlis
Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument ©
Dying Lion of Lucerne Monument
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

3
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake Zurich and Uetliberg Mountain. Change things up with a short trip to Rhine Falls in Neuhausen am Rheinfall (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Old Town (Altstadt), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, take in panoramic vistas at Turm in Regensberg, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Zurich.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Zurich holiday planner .

Drive from Engelberg to Zurich in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

#Parks, #Nature, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Turm in Regensberg, Rhine Falls
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town (Altstadt) ©
Old Town (Altstadt)
Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls

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