12 days in Prague, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

12 days in Prague, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Start: Ottawa, Canada
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Prague, Czech Republic
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h
End: Ottawa, Canada

5
nights
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague ©
Prague lures millions of tourists each year with its World Heritage-listed medieval city center--a labyrinth of narrow lanes, bridges, cathedrals, and palaces overlooked by a thousand-year-old castle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror and Castle Loket. Escape the urban bustle at Vridelni kolonada and Shooters Island. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Speculum Alchemiae Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of The Vrtba Garden, have some family-friendly fun at Thrill Park - Prague's Horror Theme Park, and pause for some photo ops at Loreta Praha.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Prague online trip maker.

Ottawa, Canada to Prague is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 6 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Prague

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Park Průhonice, Vridelni kolonada, Castle Loket
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 Park Průhonice ©
Park Průhonice
Castle Loket ©
Castle Loket

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Gerlachschmiede, steep yourself in history at Markusturm and Buttelhaus, thenmake a trip to Roderbrunnen, thenget engrossed in the history at Alt-Rothenburger Handwerkerhaus, and finally contemplate the long history of Rodertor. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Klingentor, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum, examine the collection at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Franziskanerkirche, and finally steep yourself in history at Burgtorturm.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Rothenburg online visit planner.

You can drive from Prague to Rothenburg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of flight and train. August in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lucerne.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Gerlachschmiede ©
Gerlachschmiede
Rodertor ©
Rodertor
Reichsstadtmuseum ©
Reichsstadtmuseum

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
You'll explore and learn at Basel Paper Mill Museum and Jean Tinguely Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Augusta Raurica and Hofkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Speed Boats Tours (in Interlaken), Offene Kirche Elisabethen (in Basel) and Brienz (Giessbachfälle & Lake Brienz). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Reichenbach Falls, make a trip to The Nine Towers, admire the striking features of KKL Luzern - Lucerne Culture and Convention Centre, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matthauskirche.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Lucerne trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Lucerne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lucerne are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. On the 31st (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lucerne

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Basel, Brienz, Speed Boats Tours, Reichenbach Falls, Augusta Raurica
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Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) ©
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten)
Augusta Raurica ©
Augusta Raurica
Basel Paper Mill Museum ©
Basel Paper Mill Museum

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