13 days in Eastern Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

13 days in Eastern Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
2
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
3
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
4
Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
5
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Antique Jewellery Berlin and Klassenfeind Gallery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Schmetterlingshorst and Gallery Heike Arndt DK. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Reichstag Building, contemplate the long history of Memorial of the Berlin Wall, step into the grandiose world of Charlottenburg Palace, and appreciate the history behind The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Berlin trip website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Berlin is an approximately 17-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Berlin. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lucerne.

Things to do in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Charlottenburg Palace ©
Charlottenburg Palace
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Markuskirche. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Altstadt Luzern and Lion Monument. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lucerne: Zurich (Niederdorf & Bahnhofstrasse). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mt Pilatus, browse the fresh offerings at Luzerner Wochenmarkt, take in the exciting artwork at Kunsthalle Luzern, and look for all kinds of wild species at Biosphaere Entlebuch.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lucerne trip maker.

Getting from Berlin to Lucerne by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Lucerne are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Zurich
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Altstadt Luzern ©
Altstadt Luzern
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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nights
Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken ©
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.
Central Railroad Station and Schlosskirche will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Galerie Rigassi by SOON. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Bern (Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), Zahringerbrunnen, &more) and Brienz (Axalp & Giessbachfälle). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Heimwehfluh, look for gifts at Buchhandlung Boedeli, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maennlichen, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Interlaken trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Lucerne to Interlaken by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Montreux.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Bern, Brienz, Maennlichen
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Axalp ©
Axalp
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern ©
UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern
Matte ©
Matte

1
night
Montreux, Switzerland

Montreux ©
Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 13th (Wed), walk around Riserva naturale Les Grangettes, go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside, thensee the interesting displays at Queen Studio Experience, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Montreux trip planning website.

Getting from Interlaken to Montreux by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Montreux

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chillon, Riserva naturale Les Grangettes
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes ©
Riserva naturale Les Grangettes

2
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 14th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, take a memorable drive along Gornergrat, thenstop by Laderach, and finally hike along 5-Seenweg.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Zermatt trip maker site.

Getting from Montreux to Zermatt by train takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

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Gornergrat ©
Gornergrat
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery
5-Seenweg ©
5-Seenweg

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