8 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

8 days in Germany, Switzerland & France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Frankfurt, Germany
Drive
2
Wurzburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
3
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Drive
4
Augsburg, Germany
Drive
5
Fussen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
6
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Basel, Switzerland
Drive
8
Colmar, France
— 1 night
Drive
9
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive
10
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Fly

S M T W T F S
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Frankfurt, Germany

Mainhattan

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Frankfurt holiday planner.

Ankara, Turkey to Frankfurt is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Ankara to Frankfurt, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Ankara in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Frankfurt, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Wurzburg.
more
Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

Wurzburg, Germany — 1 night

Pearl of the Romantic Road

Founded in the 10th century, Wurzburg served as the home of powerful prince-bishops for many centuries.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, then see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and then steep yourself in history at Town Walls.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Wurzburg attractions planner.

Drive from Frankfurt to Wurzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 6°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
more
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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. To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Rothenburg ob der Tauber attractions planning app.

Getting from Wurzburg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber by car takes about an hour. You'll set off for Augsburg on the 8th (Thu).
more
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Augsburg, Germany

Peace City

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

Traveling by car from Rothenburg ob der Tauber to Augsburg takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in December, and nighttime lows around -1°C. You will leave for Fussen on the 8th (Thu).
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Fussen, Germany — 1 night

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.
On the 9th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Burgruine Eisenberg, pause for some serene contemplation at St.Maria und Florian, pause for some serene contemplation at Kirche St. Georg, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Fussen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Augsburg to Fussen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Fussen, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
more
Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:

Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), then take a stroll through Old Town, and then take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lake Zurich and then see the interesting displays at Musee Visionnaire Zurich.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Zurich driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Fussen to Zurich in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December in Zurich, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Basel.
more
Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:

Basel, Switzerland

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.
Plan my day in Basel using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Zurich to Basel takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Basel sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. On the 11th (Sun), you'll travel to Colmar.
more
Museums · Outdoors · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:

Colmar, France — 1 night

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Colmar road trip planning site.

You can drive from Basel to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.
more
Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

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.
To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg tour builder.

You can drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to 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 on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Frankfurt.
more
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Frankfurt, Germany — 1 night

Mainhattan

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): make a trip to Romer, admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, and then take some stellar pictures from Main Tower.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Strasbourg to Frankfurt in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
more
Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.
more

Switzerland travel guide

4.7
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.
more

France travel guide

4.3
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.
more