9 days in Germany, Basel & Lucerne Itinerary

9 days in Germany, Basel & Lucerne Itinerary

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9 days in Germany, Basel & Lucerne Itinerary

New York City, United States
Fly:  12​h 30​min
Munich, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Berchtesgaden, Germany
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
Hohenschwangau, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
+2
train + Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
New York City, United States

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Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and St. Peter's Church. Get some historical perspective at Frauenkirche and St. Michael's Church. There's lots more to do: get curious at Deutsches Museum, admire the masterpieces at Alte Pinakothek, explore the activities along English Garden, and examine the collection at Munich Residenz.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Munich visit planner.

New York City, USA to Munich is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time is 6 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in August: high temperatures in Munich hover around 76°F and lows are around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Berchtesgaden.

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#Museums, #Parks, #Historic Sites
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Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

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Berchtesgaden, Germany

Berchtesgaden ©
Bordered on three sides by Austria, Berchtesgaden is encircled by snow-capped mountain peaks that offer sweeping views of the entire region.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Zum Türken, then contemplate the long history of Obersalzberg, and then contemplate the long history of The Eagle's Nest.

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Drive from Munich to Berchtesgaden in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Berchtesgaden sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hohenschwangau.

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#Historic Sites
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Obersalzberg ©
Obersalzberg
The Eagle's Nest ©
The Eagle's Nest
Hotel Zum Turken WWII Bunkers ©
Hotel Zum Turken WWII Bunkers

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day
Hohenschwangau, Germany

Hohenschwangau ©
On the 28th (Tue), take in the views from Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke), then explore the historical opulence of Neuschwanstein Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Alpsee.

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You can drive from Berchtesgaden to Hohenschwangau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Berchtesgaden in August, you will find days in Hohenschwangau are a bit cooler (71°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Basel.

Things to do in Hohenschwangau

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Bavaria
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Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke) ©
Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke)

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pyramidenplatz bei der Elisabethenkirche, and then wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

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Traveling by car from Hohenschwangau to Basel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Hohenschwangau in August, you will find days in Basel are somewhat warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (57°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Basel

#Neighborhoods, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wehrkirche St. Arbogast
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Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel ©
Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel
Wehrkirche St. Arbogast ©
Wehrkirche St. Arbogast
Elisabethenkirche ©
Elisabethenkirche

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days
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
On the 30th (Thu), cool off at Ufschotti Park, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), and then get to know the fascinating history of Aare Gorge. Keep things going the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, wander the streets of Altstadt Luzern, and then take a leisurely stroll along Nadelwehr.

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You can take a train from Basel to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Aare Gorge
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern

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