57 days in France, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

57 days in France, The Netherlands & Switzerland Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Drive
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dijon, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bourges, France
— 4 nights
Drive
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Limoges, France
— 2 nights
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Pau, France
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rouen, France
— 5 nights
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Drive to Charles de Gaulle International Airport, Fly to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Drive to Heemstede
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Heemstede, The Netherlands
— 1 night
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Groningen, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Drive
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Deventer, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
— 2 nights
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Breda, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Fly to Strasbourg
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Strasbourg, France
— 5 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Landesmuseum and Kunsthalle Ziegelhutte. Get some cultural insight at Old Town and Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Zurich: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Verkehrshaus der Schweiz), Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR (in Stein) and Mt Pilatus (in Kriens). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Zurich, see the interesting displays at Augusto Giacometti Entrance Hall, and wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Zurich trip website.

If you are flying in from The Netherlands, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Zurich can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 4 nights

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Cathedral of Bern and Kleine Scheidegg. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Mosesbrunnen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: SwissSafari GmbH (in Wolfisberg) and Maennlichen (in Grindelwald). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), examine the collection at Museum of Communication, and admire the masterpieces at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bern route tool.

You can take a train from Zurich to Bern in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lausanne.
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Lausanne, Switzerland — 4 nights

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Visit Chateau de Chillon and Cathedrale de Lausanne for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Gruyeres Castle. Change things up with these side-trips from Lausanne: HR Giger Museum (in Gruyeres) and Creux du Van (in Gorgier). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise de Saint-Sulpice, appreciate the extensive heritage of Place de la Palud, contemplate the long history of Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, and take in the waterfront activity at Le Port d'Ouchy.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lausanne planning website.

Traveling by car from Bern to Lausanne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Geneva.
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Find places to stay May 9 — 13:

Geneva, Switzerland — 4 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and Patek Philippe Museum. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, see the top attractions with CERN, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Broken Chair Sculpture.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geneva trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lausanne to Geneva in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Reserve Naturelle du Bout du Lac and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Annecy Lake Safari, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and then make a trip to La Vieille Ville.

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You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Dijon.
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Dijon, France — 4 nights

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Let the collections at Musee Magnin and Chateau de Savigny-les-Beaune capture your imagination. Get a sense of the local culture at Chateau Ancy-le Franc and Abbaye de Fontenay. Take a break from Dijon with a short trip to Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu in Beaune, about 40 minutes away. Dedicate the 21st (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, don't miss a visit to Place de la Liberation, steep yourself in history at Maison Milliere, and admire the masterpieces at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Dijon.

For more things to do and tourist information, read our Dijon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Annecy to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bourges.
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Find places to stay May 19 — 23:

Bourges, France — 4 nights

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
Chateau de Cheverny and Musee de la Photographie are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Le Jardin du Tisserand and Espace Metal - Halle de Grossouvre. Get out of town with these interesting Bourges side-trips: Musee des Fours Banaux (in Vierzon), Galerie Capazza (in Nancay) and Espace Memoire du Patrimoine de l'Equipement et des Ponts et Chaussees (in Guilly). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale De Bourges, examine the collection at Musee de la Porcelaine Deshoulieres, and identify plant and animal life at Le Marais de Bourges.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bourges online attractions planner.

Drive from Dijon to Bourges in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Limoges.
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Limoges, France — 2 nights

Known for its medieval enamels on copper (Limoges enamels), its 19th-century porcelain (Limoges porcelain), and for its oak barrels used for Cognac production, Limoges has a creative flair with historic significance.
On your second day here, admire the masterpieces at Musee National Adrien Dubouche, get engrossed in the history at Oradour-sur-Glane, and then examine the collection at Centre de la Memoire.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Limoges trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Bourges to Limoges takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Limoges can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pau.
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Pau, France — 4 nights

On the northern edge of the Pyrénées, Pau is the perfect base to explore the mountains and ride the Funiculaire de Pau, a unique historic funicular railway that links the city center and Boulevard des Pyrénées to the railway station Gare de Pau.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Villa Arnaga and Château de Pau. Get some cultural insight at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and Eglise Saint-Jacques. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pau: Parc aux Rapaces - Fauconnerie Marche - Madiran (in Saint-Lanne), Eglise abbatiale St Jean de Sorde (in Sorde-l'Abbaye) and Eglise de L'Hopital-Saint-Blaise (in Hopital-Saint-Blaise). There's much more to do: get a dose of the wild on Au dela du Boulevard, appreciate the extensive heritage of Boulevard des Pyrenees, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin, and don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Joseph.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pau sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Limoges to Pau in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Rouen.
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Rouen, France — 5 nights

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Normandy American Cemetery and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and Musee des Antiquites. Get out of town with these interesting Rouen side-trips: Parc de Cleres (in Cleres) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, admire the masterpieces at Musee Secq des Tournelles, and examine the collection at Historial Jeanne d’Arc.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Pau to Rouen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Pau in June: high temperatures in Rouen hover around 24°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Heemstede.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:

Heemstede, The Netherlands — 1 night

Heemstede is a municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.HistoryHeemstede formed around the Castle Heemstede that was built overlooking the Spaarne River around 1286. On the 8th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Linnaeushof and then admire the masterpieces at Cruquius Pump Museum.

Plan a trip to Heemstede easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rouen to Heemstede. In June, daytime highs in Heemstede are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Groningen.
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Groningen, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Let the collections at Groninger Museum and Universiteitsmuseum Groningen capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at NonFiction Photo and Noordelijk Scheepvaartmuseum. Get out of town with these interesting Groningen side-trips: Bezoekerscentrum Dwingelderveld (in Ruinen), Kamp Westerbork (in Hooghalen) and Drents Museum (in Assen).

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Groningen visit planner.

Drive from Heemstede to Groningen in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Groningen are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Deventer.
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Find places to stay Jun 8 — 11:

Deventer, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Deventer is a municipality and city in the Salland region of the Dutch province of Overijssel. Let the collections at Kroller-Muller Museum and Nederlands Openluchtmuseum capture your imagination. Visit Airborne Cemetery and Castle and gardens Twickel for their historical value. Explore Deventer's surroundings by going to Nationaal Park Weerribben-Wieden (in Sint Jansklooster), Kootwijkerzand (in Kootwijk) and Kasteel Doorwerth (in Doorwerth). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Airborne Museum at Hartenstein, identify plant and animal life at Het Lutterzand, and stroll through De Dinkel.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Deventer attractions planner.

Getting from Groningen to Deventer by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Deventer, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tilburg.
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Find places to stay Jun 11 — 15:

Tilburg, The Netherlands — 2 nights

The industrial revolution transformed the town of Tilburg from a small village to one of the largest towns in the Netherlands.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hasselt Chapel, take an in-depth tour of Noordbrabants Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Oisterwijkse Bossen en Vennen.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tilburg trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Deventer to Tilburg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. June in Tilburg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to Breda.
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Find places to stay Jun 15 — 17:

Breda, The Netherlands — 4 nights

Breda is a municipality and a city in the southern part of the Netherlands. Appreciate the collections at World Heritage Kinderdijk and Miniaturenmuseum Breda. Visit Polski Cmentarz Wojskowy W Bredzie and Grote Kerk for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Watersnoodmuseum (in Ouwerkerk) and Nature Reserve de Manteling (in Oostkapelle). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Breda's Begijnhof Museum, make a trip to Ginnekenmarkt, walk around Stadspark Valkenberg, and admire the striking features of Grote of Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Breda trip itinerary planner.

Breda is just a stone's throw from Tilburg. In June, daily temperatures in Breda can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 5 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile are in your itinerary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg and MM Park France. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Mulhouse (Cité du Train - Musée français du chemin de fer & Musee National de l’Automobile – Collection Schlumpf), Les 2CV et la Traction de la Bruche (in Saulxures) and Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof (in Natzwiller). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through La Petite France, identify plant and animal life at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Strasbourg route planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Breda to Strasbourg. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Breda in June: highs in Strasbourg hover around 29°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

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 · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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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The Netherlands travel guide

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Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.
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