22 days in Switzerland, France & Freiburg im Breisgau Itinerary

22 days in Switzerland, France & Freiburg im Breisgau Itinerary

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22 days in Switzerland, France & Freiburg im Breisgau Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly + Drive:  11​h
1
Basel, Switzerland
— 2 nights
2
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 2 nights
3
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Colmar, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Bern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Zurich, Switzerland
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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2
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Basel Minster and Eglise de Courfaivre. Get outdoors at Klingnauer Stausee and Luftseilbahn Reigoldswil-Wasserfallen. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Basel: Linner Linde (in Boezberg) and Lac Vert d'Undervelier (in Undervelier). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Basel, wander the streets of Altstadt-Spaziergange durch Basel, and head outdoors with Skulpturenweg.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Basel online route planner .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Basel is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Basel, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Basel is much colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Basel

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Skulpturenweg, Klingnauer Stausee, Lac Vert d'Undervelier, Linner Linde, Eglise de Courfaivre
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Zoo Basel ©
Zoo Basel
Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Klingnauer Stausee ©
Klingnauer Stausee

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Freiburger Münster, then make a trip to Munsterplatz, and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Historisches Kaufhaus, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Schlossberg, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titisee.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau trip itinerary builder app .

You can take a train from Basel to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Freiburg im Breisgau sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Titisee, Europa-Park
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Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Lake Titisee ©
Lake Titisee

2
nights
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 2nd (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Parc Animalier Friedel, examine the collection at Le Vaisseau, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then get to know the fascinating history of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally pause for some photo ops at Place Kleber.

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You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Strasbourg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Le Vaisseau ©
Le Vaisseau
Place Kleber ©
Place Kleber

4
nights
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.
Visiting La Volerie des aigles and NaturoparC - Hunawihr will get you outdoors. Attractions like Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg and La montagne des singes make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Lac de Gerardmer in Gerardmer (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Little Venice, explore the world behind art at Musée d'Unterlinden, admire the striking features of Koifhus (Old Custom House), and make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colmar trip planning website .

Colmar is just a short distance from Strasbourg. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bern.

Things to do in Colmar

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kintzheim, NaturoparC - Hunawihr, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Lac de Gerardmer
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Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
La montagne des singes ©
La montagne des singes
Lac de Gerardmer ©
Lac de Gerardmer

3
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Popular historic sites such as Chateau de Chillon and Zahringerbrunnen are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Geneva and Creux du Van. Take a break from Bern with a short trip to Chaplin's World in Corsier-sur-Vevey, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River, appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, and engage your brain at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Bern route builder site .

You can drive from Colmar to Bern in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Lucerne.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva, Creux du Van
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van

3
nights
Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne ©
In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Step out of the city life by going to Mt Pilatus and Lake Lucerne. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jesuitenkirche and Museggmauer. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rigi, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Markuskirche, identify plant and animal life at Biosphaere Entlebuch, and steep yourself in history at Peter’s Chapel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lucerne trip planner .

Traveling by train from Bern to Lucerne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lucerne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Zurich.

Things to do in Lucerne

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Rigi ©
Rigi
Lake Lucerne ©
Lake Lucerne

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nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Take a break from the city and head to Lake Zurich and Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Town and Friedhof Fluntern (Fluntern Cemetery). Go for a jaunt from Zurich to Neuhausen am Rheinfall to see Rhine Falls about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fraumünster Church, meet the residents at Zoo Zurich, wander the streets of Bahnhofstrasse, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

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You can drive from Lucerne to Zurich in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Zurich sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rhine Falls, Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
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Rhine Falls ©
Rhine Falls
Old Town ©
Old Town
Fraumünster Church ©
Fraumünster Church

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