12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Budapest Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Budapest Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Bremen, Germany
— 1 night
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Budapest, Hungary
— 4 nights


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, admire the striking features of Royal Palace Amsterdam, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at ARTIS.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Amsterdam driving holiday planning website.

Charleston, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Charleston to Amsterdam. Traveling from Charleston in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Amsterdam, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Bremen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Bremen, Germany

Short-Way City

A rather long and narrow city spread along both sides of the Weser River, Bremen has more than a thousand years of history.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Museen Boettcherstrasse, stop by Bremer Bonbon Manufaktur, ponder the world of politics at Bremer Rathaus, make a trip to Historische Altstadt, then make a trip to Bremer Loch, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (St. Petri Dom). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Focke-Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Weserkraftwerk Bremen, take in the exciting artwork at Phil Porter Salon Obscura, then take an in-depth tour of Bremer Geschichtenhaus, and finally take an in-depth tour of Roselius Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bremen tour planner.

You can fly from Amsterdam to Bremen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bremen are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Bremen

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Rothenburg, Germany

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
On the 18th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Jacob's Church (St. Jakobskirche), take an in-depth tour of Reichsstadtmuseum, contemplate the long history of Town Walls, then stop by Ekuko's Wine & Gift Shop, then wander the streets of Altstadt, and finally examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg online day trip planner.

You can drive from Bremen to Rothenburg in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. In December in Rothenburg, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Budapest.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Budapest, Hungary

Pearl of the Danube

You might consider the city of Budapest, divided by the Danube River into two distinctive cities--Buda and Pest--to be essentially one large World Heritage Site.
Budapest is known for historic sites, spas, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Hungarian Parliament Building, contemplate the long history of Dohány Street Synagogue, see the interesting displays at House of Terror Museum, and make a trip to Heroes' Square.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Budapest trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Budapest in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Budapest

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Spas

Germany travel guide

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.