29 days in Ireland, Germany & Switzerland Itinerary

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Fly to Shannon, Bus to Dingle
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Dingle, Ireland
— 6 nights
Drive
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Liscannor, Ireland
Drive
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Dublin, Ireland
— 5 nights
Fly
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Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Fly
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Munich, Germany
— 5 nights
Fly to Zurich, Train to Zermatt
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Train
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Dingle, Ireland — 6 nights

Located on Ireland's western coastline, Dingle sits between scenic mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Strand House Cafe and Holden Leathergoods. Step out of the city life by going to Inch Beach and Slea Head Drive. Step out of Dingle to go to Killarney and see Killarney National Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. On the 20th (Tue), hike the day away at The Dingle Way. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Eask Tower, delve into the lush surroundings at Glenteenassig Forest Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Coumeenoole Beach, and look for gifts at Niamh Utsch Goldsmith..

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dingle online trip planner.

Boston, USA to Dingle is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in December: high temperatures in Dingle hover around 51°F and lows are around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Liscannor.
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Liscannor, Ireland

Liscannor is a coastal village in County Clare, Ireland.GeographyLying on the west coast of Ireland, on Liscannor Bay, the village is located on the R478 road between Lahinch, to the east, and Doolin, to the north. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Moher Hill Open Farm and Leisure Park and then explore the striking landscape at Cliffs of Moher.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Liscannor day trip app.

You can drive from Dingle to Liscannor in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 50°F in December, and nighttime lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Dublin.
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Dublin, Ireland — 5 nights

Fair City

A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Do your shopping at Grafton Street and James Joyce Cultural Centre. Do some cultural sightseeing at Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Temple Bar, see the interesting displays at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, admire the striking features of Trinity College Dublin, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Jameson Distillery Bow St..

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Dublin day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Liscannor to Dublin takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Dublin are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Berlin.
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Berlin, Germany — 4 nights

Athens of the Spree

The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) and AMPELMANN Shop am Gendarmenmarkt. Get a sense of the local culture at Potsdamer Platz and Pergamonmuseum. The adventure continues: make a trip to Brandenburg Gate, take a stroll through Savignyplatz, ponder the world of politics at Reichstag Building, and see the interesting displays at Topography of Terror.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Berlin online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Dublin to Berlin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Berlin is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 5 nights

Village of a Million People

Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Munich Residenz and BMW Welt. Do your shopping at Viktualienmarkt and Ingo Maurer Showroom. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Munich tour itinerary maker site.

Fly from Berlin to Munich in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 38°F, and evening lows to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 5 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Escape the urban bustle at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School and The Matterhorn. Do your shopping at Laderach and Jack Wolfskin Store. On the 6th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Edelweiss Trail. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Clay Shoot Zermatt, hit the slopes at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, and look for gifts at Metzgerei Bayard.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Zermatt trip itinerary planning website.

Do a combination of flight and train from Munich to Zermatt in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 1 day

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.
On the 11th (Wed), stop by The Mad Cow, stop by Swiss Chocolate Chalet, then look for gifts at Swiss Mountain Market Unique Regional Souvenirs, and finally fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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Take a train from Zermatt to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 26°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Bahnhofstrasse and Old Town. Take a break from the city and head to Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich and stop by Confiserie Sprungli.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Zurich trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Interlaken to Zurich in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in January, and nighttime lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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Ireland travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Nightlife · History Museums
Emerald Isle
Gentle green hills, Guinness, leprechauns, and friendly folks characterize this small isle of a country. From the busy big city of Dublin to cozy countryside, the emerald isle harbors a varied natural landscape and is steeped in tradition. Visitors can immerse themselves in the native Irish language by visiting a Gaeltacht, or Irish-speaking region of the country, where traditional culture thrives. The Irish are known for being open and welcoming: from the moment you land to the moment you leave, you'll be greeted with "cead mile failte"--a hundred thousand welcomes.
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Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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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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