23 days in Germany & France Itinerary

23 days in Germany & France Itinerary

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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Augsburg, Germany
— 1 night
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 3 nights
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
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Kaysersberg, France
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Riquewihr, France
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Colmar, France
— 1 night
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Baden-Baden, Germany
— 1 night
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Metz, France
— 2 nights
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Mainz, Germany
— 3 nights
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Munich, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Michael's Church and Heiliggeistkirche. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alter Sudfriedhof and Burgersaalkirche. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Munich: Furstenfeldbruck (Zisterzienserkloster Furstenfeld & St. Maria Himmelfahrt) and Kardinal-Dopfner-Haus (in Freising). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Haidhausen, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, and examine the collection at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim.

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Sydney, Australia to Munich is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in June: highs in Munich hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Augsburg.
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Augsburg, Germany — 1 night

Easily and quickly accessible from anywhere in the country, Augsburg is packed with historical attractions and intersected by quaint cobbled streets.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Furstbischofliche Residenz, then get to know the fascinating history of Rathausplatz, then make a trip to Zeughaus, and finally examine the collection at Juedisches Museum Augsburg Schwaben.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Augsburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Munich to Augsburg takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Augsburg, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Augustiner Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Archaologisches Museum Colombischlossle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kirche St. Martin, and finally stroll the grounds of Alter Friedhof. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Cyriak Kirche, then get engrossed in the history at Romermuseum Villa Urbana, and then make a trip to Schloßberg mit Ruine Flochberg.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Freiburg im Breisgau tour planner.

Drive from Augsburg to Freiburg im Breisgau in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet, admire the landmark architecture of Salle du Corps de Garde, then admire the striking features of Maison Schongauer, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Protestante Saint-Matthieu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at La Grange a Becanes, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Papier Peint.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colmar vacation planner.

Drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Colmar in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Colmar sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kaysersberg.
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Kaysersberg, France

On the 20th (Mon), explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Kaysersberg.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kaysersberg route planning app.

Kaysersberg is just a stone's throw from Colmar. In June, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Riquewihr.
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Riquewihr, France

Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Riquewihr travel route planner.

Riquewihr is just a short distance from Kaysersberg. In June in Riquewihr, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 20th (Mon), you're off to Colmar.
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Colmar, France — 1 night

On the 20th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Parc Attractions Haut Rhin and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Route des Vins d'Alsace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colmar trip itinerary builder site.

Colmar is just a short distance from Riquewihr. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Strasbourg.
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Strasbourg, France — 3 nights

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Catholic Church Saint-Pierre-le-Jeune and Eglise Protestante Saint-Pierre-le-Vieux will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Eglise Saint-Jean and Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul de Rosheim. Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Eglise Dompeter (in Avolsheim), Marmoutier (Marmoutier Abbey, Alsace, Klosterkirche Marmoutier, &more) and Cave du Roi Dagobert (in Traenheim). It doesn't end there: do a tasting at Vins d'Alsace Mosbach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Strasbourg day trip planning app.

You can drive from Colmar to Strasbourg in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Baden-Baden.
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Baden-Baden, Germany — 1 night

Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Stiftskirche Baden-Baden, then examine the collection at Stadtmuseum Baden-Baden, and then see the interesting displays at Museum LA8. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Alexander Kirche, examine the collection at Unimog Museum, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Baden-Baden day trip app.

Drive from Strasbourg to Baden-Baden in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Metz.
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Metz, France — 2 nights

Located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers bordering Luxembourg and Germany, Metz has a cultural confluence as well with a merging of its French and German heritage and military traditions.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Quartier Imperial, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Martin, and then admire the striking features of Visites touristiques et exploration urbaine de Metz. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Eglise Sainte-Segolene, admire the landmark architecture of Centre européen Robert Schuman, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Quentin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Metz trip planner.

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Metz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Metz, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mainz.
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Mainz, Germany — 3 nights

Steeped in history and tradition, Mainz is an elegant, modern city in Germany's largest wine-growing region and a major center for tourism.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of Isis & Mater Magna and Schloss Schoenburg. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Die Mainzer Zitadelle and St. Augustine's Church. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mainz: Oberwesel (Michaelskapelle & City Fortifications). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding and step into the grandiose world of Electoral Castle.

Before you visit Mainz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Metz to Mainz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt, Germany — 1 day

A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Holzhausenschlosschen, explore the different monuments and memorials at Hauptfriedhof, and then examine the collection at Geldmuseum.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mainz to Frankfurt takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. July in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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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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.
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