17 days in Germany, Zurich & Brussels Itinerary

17 days in Germany, Zurich & Brussels Itinerary

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17 days in Germany, Zurich & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Gunzburg, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
4
Brussels, Belgium
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

4
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and ARTBOX.GALLERY. Attractions like Verkehrshaus der Schweiz and Zoo Zurich make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Zurich side-trips: Lucerne (Altstadt Luzern & Lion Monument). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Old Town, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip itinerary planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Zurich is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in September, with highs in Zurich at 22°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Gunzburg.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Neighborhoods Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Gunzburg, Germany

Gunzburg ©
Günzburg is a Große Kreisstadt and capital of the district of Günzburg in Swabia, Bavaria. Kids will enjoy Legoland Deutschland Resort and Historische Altstadt Günzburg. Change things up with these side-trips from Gunzburg: Rothenburg (Vieille Ville, Town Walls, & more) and Ulm (Fishermen's Quarter & Ulmer Münster). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Die Valentinskapelle.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gunzburg online visit planner .

Drive from Zurich to Gunzburg in 3 hours. In October in Gunzburg, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Gunzburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Rothenburg, Ulm
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LEGOLAND Deutschland ©
LEGOLAND Deutschland
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Town Walls ©
Town Walls

2
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, meet the residents at Zoo Frankfurt, and then look for gifts at L'Abbate Kasefabrik. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Gerechtigkeitsbrunnen, explore the world behind art at Staedel Museum, then hunt for treasures at Kleinmarkthalle, then shop like a local with ARTime Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Main Tower.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt road trip app .

You can take a train from Gunzburg to Frankfurt in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Brussels.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

L'Abbate Kasefabrik
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Kleinmarkthalle ©
Kleinmarkthalle
L'Abbate Kasefabrik ©
L'Abbate Kasefabrik
Zoo Frankfurt ©
Zoo Frankfurt

5
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Head to Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert and Fromagerie Catherinefor plenty of shopping. Attractions like Atomium and Minnewater Lake make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brussels: Bruges (The Markt, Walplein, & more) and Pierre Marcolini (in Antwerp). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Grand Place, admire the striking features of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), examine the collection at Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), and find something for the whole family at Mini-Europe.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brussels tour itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Frankfurt to Brussels by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Brussels are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Bruges, Pierre Marcolini
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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Mini-Europe ©
Mini-Europe
Atomium ©
Atomium

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