9 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

9 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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9 days in Switzerland & Germany Itinerary

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

2
days
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche, then snap pictures at Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Aare Gorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the waterfront at Nadelwehr, then take a stroll through Altstadt Luzern, then take some stellar pictures from The Nine Towers, and finally kick back and relax at Ufschotti Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne day trip planning app .

New York City, USA to Lucerne is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from New York City to Lucerne, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Lucerne to be little chillier, temps between 76°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Basel.

Things to do in Lucerne

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Nature

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

1
day
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.
On the 26th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Wehrkirche St. Arbogast, then pause for some serene contemplation at Pyramidenplatz bei der Elisabethenkirche, and then take a stroll through Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel.

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You can take a train from Lucerne to Basel in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in August, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Munich.

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
Elisabethenkirche ©
Elisabethenkirche
Wehrkirche St. Arbogast ©
Wehrkirche St. Arbogast

4
days
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.
Get some cultural insight at Neuschwanstein Castle and Alte Pinakothek. Get some historical perspective at Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) and Stadtpfarrkirche St. Margaret. There's much more to do: engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Michael's Church, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and admire the landmark architecture of Frauenkirche.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Munich trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Basel to Munich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Berchtesgaden.

Things to do in Munich

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Parks

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Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein Castle ©
Neuschwanstein Castle
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
day
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.
On the 31st (Fri), contemplate the long history of Zum Türken, steep yourself in history at Obersalzberg, and then steep yourself in history at The Eagle's Nest.

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You can drive from Munich to Berchtesgaden in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Berchtesgaden

#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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