8 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

8 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

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Frankfurt, Germany
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Wurzburg, Germany
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
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Augsburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Munich, Germany
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Fussen, Germany
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Basel, Switzerland
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Colmar, France
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Strasbourg, France
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, steep yourself in history at Goethe House, then admire the masterpieces at Museum MMK fur Moderne Kunst, then snap pictures at Iron Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus).

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip builder app.

Ankara, Turkey to Frankfurt is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ankara in December: highs in Frankfurt hover around 7°C, while lows dip to 1°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Thu) before leaving for Wurzburg.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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Wurzburg, Germany

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Würzburg Residence, make a trip to St. Kilian Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Market Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Marienkapelle.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Wurzburg trip site.

You can drive from Frankfurt to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Wurzburg can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
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Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rothenburg ob der Tauber tour itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Wurzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in an hour. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to Augsburg.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
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Augsburg, Germany — 1 night

Peace City

Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Augsburg trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Augsburg takes 2.5 hours. December in Augsburg sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. You will leave for Munich on the 9th (Fri).
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Munich, Germany — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the activities along English Garden, examine the collection at Munich Residenz, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, and finally make a trip to Marienplatz.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Augsburg to Munich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. You'll set off for Fussen on the 10th (Sat).
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Fussen, Germany

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally snap pictures at Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Fussen itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Fussen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then take a stroll through Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Fussen to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Basel.
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Basel, Switzerland — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): visit Basel's Old Town.

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Traveling by car from Zurich to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Colmar.
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Colmar, France

Little Venice

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then make a trip to Vieille Ville, and then make a trip to Old Town.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colmar driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Basel to Colmar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): admire the striking features of Place Kleber, admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, then take a stroll through La Petite France, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Strasbourg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, then get great views at Main Tower, and then admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum.

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You can drive from Strasbourg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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Switzerland travel guide

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Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.
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