9 days in Colmar, Freiburg im Breisgau & Switzerland Itinerary

9 days in Colmar, Freiburg im Breisgau & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Minneapolis, United States
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Fly + Shuttle + Train:  14 h 15 min
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Colmar, France
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
2
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Gruyeres, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
6
Brienz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis, United States

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): wander the streets of Little Venice.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip itinerary maker tool.

Minneapolis, USA to Colmar is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight, shuttle, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
On the 24th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Augustiner Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, then pause for some photo ops at Schwabentor, and finally get in on the family fun at Europa-Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Freiburg im Breisgau online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Freiburg im Breisgau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Freiburg im Breisgau, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Augustiner Museum ©
Augustiner Museum

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie", then get great views at Gornergrat, and then see the winter wonderland with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise.

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You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Gruyeres.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports
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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Kapelle Winkelmatten ©
Kapelle Winkelmatten "Zur Heiligen Familie"
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise

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Gruyeres, Switzerland

Gruyeres ©
The small medieval town of Gruyères sits at the base of two foothill peaks with a saddle suspended between them.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): look for gifts at Gruyere Traditions, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint Theodule, then take an in-depth tour of Gruyeres Castle, then see the interesting displays at HR Giger Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Tibet Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gruyeres trip itinerary website.

Traveling by train from Zermatt to Gruyeres takes 4.5 hours. May in Gruyeres sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 46°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Gruyeres

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle
HR Giger Museum ©
HR Giger Museum
Tibet Museum ©
Tibet Museum

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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, take in the exciting artwork at Galerie Wydi, get your game on at Seilpark Interlaken, then look for gifts at Swiss Chocolate Chalet, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Interlaken trip maker website.

You can drive from Gruyeres to Interlaken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in May, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Brienz.

Things to do in Interlaken

Fun & Games Tours Adventure
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Seilpark Interlaken ©
Seilpark Interlaken

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Brienz, Switzerland

Brienz ©
With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
On the 28th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Giessbachfälle, then explore the stunning scenery at Aare Gorge, then identify plant and animal life at Axalp, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Brienz travel planner.

Brienz is just a short distance from Interlaken. May in Brienz sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Brienz

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Aare Gorge
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Lake Brienz ©
Lake Brienz
Giessbachfälle ©
Giessbachfälle
Aare Gorge ©
Aare Gorge

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): take in the views from Chapel Bridge, admire the striking features of Lucerne Station, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, then pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lucerne.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lucerne road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Brienz to Lucerne in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are 65°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks
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Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge
Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take a stroll through Old Town and then explore the activities along Lake Zurich.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Zurich vacation builder app.

Drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in May, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich

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