18 days in The Netherlands, Germany & France Itinerary

18 days in The Netherlands, Germany & France Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Nuremberg, Germany
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Munich, Germany
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 2 nights

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 parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, stop by The Jordaan, examine the collection at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, and contemplate the long history of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online journey maker.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Amsterdam is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Amsterdam reach 9°C and lows reach 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rotterdam.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rotterdam: museum Beelden aan Zee (in Scheveningen), The Hague (Sea Life Scheveningen & Madurodam) and Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery, explore the world behind art at Escher in Het Paleis (Escher in the Palace), make a trip to Rotterdam Centraal Station, and enjoy breathtaking views from Euromast.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Rotterdam trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Amsterdam to Rotterdam in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Rotterdam, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuremberg, Germany

— 1 night

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
On the 31st (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Nuremberg trip itinerary planning app.

Getting from Rotterdam to Nuremberg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rotterdam in December: high temperatures in Nuremberg hover around 5°C and lows are around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Take a break from Munich with a short trip to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site in Dachau, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, explore the activities along English Garden, contemplate the long history of Nymphenburg Palace, and see the interesting displays at BMW Welt.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Munich trip planner.

You can drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 3 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Paris is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

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You can fly from Munich to Paris in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Munich in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

The Netherlands travel guide

4.3
Art Museums · History Museums · Specialty Museums
Low Country
The Netherlands literally means "Low Country", inspired by the country's low and flat geography, where only about 50 percent of the land exceeds one meter (three feet) above sea level. Since the late 16th century, large, flat land areas called "polders" have been reclaimed from the sea and lakes and protected by dikes, amounting to nearly 17 percent of the country's current land mass. The Netherlands is. This is small, densely populated country lies mainly in Western Europe but also includes three islands in the Caribbean; it's the main constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The European part of the Netherlands borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, and the North Sea to the northwest, sharing maritime borders with Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Amsterdam, The Hague, and Rotterdam serve as the three largest and most important cities in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country's capital, while The Hague holds the Dutch seat of government. The port of Rotterdam claims the title as the largest port in Europe, in fact, it's as large as the next three ports combined.

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.