29 days in France, Trier & Cochem Itinerary

29 days in France, Trier & Cochem Itinerary

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Fly to Strasbourg Airport, Drive to Sarrebourg
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Sarrebourg, France
— 5 nights
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Pont-a-Mousson, France
— 2 nights
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Nancy, France
— 2 nights
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Metz, France
— 8 nights
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Bitche, France
— 4 nights
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
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Cochem, Germany
— 4 nights
Drive to Frankfurt-Hahn Airport, Fly to Cape Town

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Sarrebourg, France — 5 nights

Sarrebourg is a commune in the Moselle department in Grand Est in north-eastern France. Take a break from the city and head to Lac de Pierre-Percee and Rocher De Dabo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Faiencerie de Niderviller and Chapelle Saint-Anne Albeschaux. Get out of town with these interesting Sarrebourg side-trips: Necropole nationale de la Fontenelle (in Ban-de-Sapt), Tour de L'ancien Telegraphe Chappe (in Saverne) and Musee du Cristal (in Baccarat). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Barthelemy, learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Mosbach, indulge your senses at Cave du Roi Dagobert, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Lutzelbourg.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sarrebourg trip maker website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Sarrebourg is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Sarrebourg due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pont-a-Mousson.
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Pont-a-Mousson, France — 2 nights

On the 30th (Sun), admire the striking features of Eglise Saint Laurent, ponder the design of Place Duroc, see the interesting displays at Musee du costume militaire 1900-1950, then examine the collection at Musee au fil du Papier, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Martin. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Butte de Montsec, witness the site of a historic battle at Tranchee de la Soif, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Etienne, don't miss a visit to Eglise Saint-Michel, then take an in-depth tour of Musee Raymond Poincare, and finally make a trip to Butte du Mousson.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pont-a-Mousson online day trip planner.

You can drive from Sarrebourg to Pont-a-Mousson in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Nancy.
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Nancy, France — 2 nights

Crossed by the Canal de la Marne au Rhin, Nancy has many small boats and péniches (barges) that navigate the canal waterways, giving you a fantastic vantage point of the city's historical architecture from the water.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Sebastien, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at eglise Saint Leon, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame de Bonsecours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of Saint Nicholas de Port, look for all kinds of wild species at L'Enclos Des Cigognes, and then examine the collection at Musee Francais de la Brasserie.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nancy trip itinerary planning app.

Nancy is just a short distance from Pont-a-Mousson. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Metz.
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Metz, France — 8 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.
You'll explore and learn at Tranchée de l'Ouvrage de la Falouse à Verdun. and Village Des Vieux Metiers. Do some cultural sightseeing at Place de la Comedie and Eglise Saint-Maximin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Metz: Fleury-devant-Douaumont (in Fleury-Devant-Douaumont), Modelages du Monde (in Yutz) and Verdun (Monument de la Victoire, Memorial de la Voie Sacre, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museum of the War of 1870 and Annexation, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Clément, take in the history at Group Fortifications of Aisne, and contemplate the long history of Saint Pierre aux Nonnains Basilica.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Metz day trip planner.

You can drive from Nancy to Metz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a train. In June in Metz, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can drive to Bitche.
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Bitche, France — 4 nights

Bitche is a commune in the Moselle department of the Grand Est administrative region in north-eastern France. Step off the beaten path and head to Eglise Sainte-Catherine and Maison Rurale de l’Outre-Foret. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau du Wasigenstein and Vieux Château de Windstein. Get out of town with these interesting Bitche side-trips: Musee du Fer (in Reichshoffen), La Petite Pierre (Musee des Arts Et Traditions Populaires Musee du Springerle & Le Relais Des Arts) and Wissembourg (Notre-Dame de Weiler & Kirche St. Ulrich). There's more to do: examine the collection at Musee du Sabot.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Bitche tour planner.

You can drive from Metz to Bitche in 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Trier.
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Trier, Germany — 2 nights

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Rokokokirche St. Irminen, then pause for some serene contemplation at Mutterhauskirche St. Josef, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Antonius, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pfarrkirche St. Antonius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Former Imperial Post, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jesuitenkirche, and then steep yourself in history at Bischofliche Weinguter Trier.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trier road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bitche to Trier takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Trier are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cochem.
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Cochem, Germany — 4 nights

Nestled away within the rolling hills of the Moselle River Valley, Cochem possesses an archetypical German appearance and medieval charm that provides one of the best atmospheres in the country.
Get some cultural insight at Burgruine Winneburg and Burg Balduinseck. Your inner history buff will appreciate Karmeliterkirche St. Josef and St. Peter Kirche. Get out of town with these interesting Cochem side-trips: Herz-Jesu Kirche (in Mayen), Wernerkapelle (in Bacharach) and Masdascher Burgherrenweg (in Mastershausen). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Edelstein Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mosel Radweg, do a tasting at Winemaker J. Koll & Cie., and ponder the design of Martinsbrunnen.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Cochem itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Trier to Cochem in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June in Cochem, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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France travel guide

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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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Meurthe-et-Moselle travel guide

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