17 days in Switzerland, France & Freiburg im Breisgau Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, France & Freiburg im Breisgau Itinerary

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1
Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
2
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 2 nights
3
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
4
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
5
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
6
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
7
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
8
Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): get your game on at Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center, thentake an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and then don't miss a visit to Hauptbahnhof. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Zoo Zurich and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Zurich journey planning website.

If you are flying in from United Arab Emirates, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, Basel Mulhouse Freiburg and Bern Belp Airport. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums
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Zoo Zurich ©
Zoo Zurich
Landesmuseum ©
Landesmuseum
Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center ©
Fusion Arena Virtual Reality Center

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Historisches Kaufhaus, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schlossberg, admire the masterpieces at Augustiner Museum, make a trip to Munsterplatz, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Freiburger Münster, and finally explore the activities along Bachle. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Schwabentor, get to know the resident critters at Mundenhof, and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau trip site.

Drive from Zurich to Freiburg im Breisgau in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. June in Freiburg im Breisgau sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Munsterplatz
Munsterplatz

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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, thenwalk around Parc de l'Orangerie, thenmake a trip to Barrage Vauban, and finally visit La Petite France. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Gare de Strasbourg, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mont Sainte Odile, and finally learn about winemaking at Vins fins et cremants d'Alsace Zeyssolff - Au Peche Vigneron.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip planning website.

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Strasbourg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Mont Sainte Odile, Vins fins et cremants d'Alsace Zeyssolff - Au Peche Vigneron
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie

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Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty, make a trip to Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden. On the next day, step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and then wander the streets of Little Venice.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colmar day trip planning site.

Getting from Strasbourg to Colmar by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Colmar are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Basel.

Things to do in Colmar

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
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Little Venice ©
Little Venice
Old Town ©
Old Town
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
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.
On the 8th (Mon), meet the residents at Zoo Basel, contemplate the long history of Basel Minster, thenstop by Basel's Old Town, and finally don't miss a visit to Rathaus.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Basel trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Colmar to Basel in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Bern.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods Parks Historic Sites
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Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel

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Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bern: Freiluft- und Hallenbad Boedeli (in Unterseen) and Interlaken (Swiss Chocolate Chalet, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Jungfraujoch, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), get a taste of the local shopping with UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at French Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bern trip itinerary website.

You can take a train from Basel to Bern in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Bern are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Tours Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Interlaken, Jungfraujoch
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Jungfraujoch ©
Jungfraujoch
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm

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Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Change things up with a short trip to Titlis in Engelberg (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt Pilatus, pause for some photo ops at Lion Monument, snap pictures at Chapel Bridge, and explore the activities along Lake Lucerne.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lucerne travel website.

You can drive from Bern to Lucerne in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. June in Lucerne sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Titlis
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne
Chapel Bridge ©
Chapel Bridge

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Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take a stroll through Old Town, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain, and finally get your game on at Virtual Reality Center.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Zurich trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Neighborhoods Nature Parks
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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