8 days in Europe Itinerary

8 days in Europe Itinerary

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Basel, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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Interlaken, Switzerland
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Locarno, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Lugano, Switzerland
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St. Moritz, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Bolzano, Italy
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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
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Hofen, Austria
— 1 night
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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Innsbruck, Austria
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
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Basel, Switzerland

— 1 day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): visit Basel's Old Town.

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Reykjavik, Iceland to Basel is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Reykjavik in May, things will get a bit warmer in Basel: highs are around 22°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Basel

Neighborhoods
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fraumünster Church, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich travel route app.

Traveling by car from Basel to Zurich takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lucerne.

Things to do in Zurich

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Nature
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Lucerne, Switzerland

In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): steep yourself in history at Museggmauer, then pause for some serene contemplation at Franziskanerkirche, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Jesuitenkirche.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Lucerne online day trip planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lucerne

Historic Sites
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Interlaken, Switzerland

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Interlaken visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Lucerne to Interlaken takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Interlaken can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Locarno.

Things to do in Interlaken

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
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Locarno, Switzerland

— 1 night
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
For reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Locarno trip planner.

You can drive from Interlaken to Locarno in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and tram; or take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Interlaken in May: high temperatures in Locarno hover around 24°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 4th (Sat), you're off to Lugano.

Things to do in Locarno

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Lugano, Switzerland

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa San Carlo Borromeo, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria degli Angioli, and then explore and take pictures at Monte San Salvatore.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lugano trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Locarno to Lugano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to St. Moritz.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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St. Moritz, Switzerland

— 1 night
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For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the St. Moritz attractions planner.

You can drive from Lugano to St. Moritz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lugano in May, with highs in St. Moritz at 15°C and lows at 5°C. On the 5th (Sun), you're off to Bolzano.

Things to do in St. Moritz

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Museums
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Bolzano, Italy

Gateway to Dolomites

South Tyrol's capital, Bolzano, has been named the Italian city with the highest quality of life.
On the 5th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology and then go for a walk through The Salten.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bolzano day trip website.

Drive from St. Moritz to Bolzano in 3 hours. In May, Bolzano is somewhat warmer than St. Moritz - with highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Things to do in Bolzano

Museums

Side Trip

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Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d'Ampezzo, commonly referred to as Cortina, is a town and comune in the heart of the southern (Dolomitic) Alps in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cortina d'Ampezzo online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Bolzano to Cortina d'Ampezzo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Cortina d'Ampezzo are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Hofen.

Things to do in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature
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Hofen, Austria

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): glide through natural beauty at Reuttener Seilbahnen and then contemplate the waterfront views at Heiterwanger See.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hofen sightseeing planning tool.

Drive from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Hofen in 4 hours. In May, Hofen is little chillier than Cortina d'Ampezzo - with highs of 19°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Things to do in Hofen

Winter Sports · Outdoors · Transportation · Parks

Side Trip

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Nestled within the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a classic mountain feel along with world-class winter sports.
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Zugspitze.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hofen to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in an hour. In May in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Innsbruck.

Things to do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Parks · Winter Sports · Nature · Outdoors
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Innsbruck, Austria

Nestled in a valley between snowcapped peaks, Innsbruck evokes visions of a winter wonderland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Innsbruck.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Innsbruck vacation planner.

You can drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Innsbruck in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.

Things to do in Innsbruck

Historic Sites
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Hallstatt, Austria

— 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, choose your vessel at Lake Hallstatt Explorer, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Hallstatt travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Innsbruck to Hallstatt takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hallstatt

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Transportation
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