20 days in Germany, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

20 days in Germany, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

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20 days in Germany, France & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Stockholm, Sweden
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
2
Berlin, Germany
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Leipzig, Germany
— 1 night
4
Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Stuttgart, Germany
— 1 day
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
train:  3​h 30​min
8
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
9
Marseille, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h
10
Toulouse, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
11
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
12
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa


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1
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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): examine the collection at Miniatur Wunderland, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then take a stroll through Binnenalster.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg online sightseeing planner .

Stockholm, Sweden to Hamburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Traveling from Stockholm in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hamburg: highs are around 7°C and lows about 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt
Binnenalster ©
Binnenalster

3
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Get in touch with nature at Zoo Berlin and Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz. Get some historical perspective at Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen and East Side Gallery. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Pergamon Museum, don't miss a visit to Potsdamer Platz, stop by Boxoffberlin, and explore the wide array of goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).

To see ratings and more tourist information, read Berlin trip planner .

Take a train from Hamburg to Berlin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to take a train to Leipzig.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spreewaldfahrt, Familie Goertz, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen
Pergamonmuseum ©
Pergamonmuseum
East Side Gallery ©
East Side Gallery

1
night
Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig ©
Leipzig is not only world-famous for its long tradition of trade fairs, but also for its vibrant music and cultural scenes.
On the 23rd (Sun), meet the residents at Leipzig Zoo (Zoologischer Garten Leipzig), buy something for everyone on your list at Hauptbahnhof Leipzig, pause for some serene contemplation at Universitatskirche, then take an in-depth tour of Mendelssohn-Haus Leipzig, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche).

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Leipzig road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Berlin to Leipzig takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Munich.

Things to do in Leipzig

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche) ©
St. Thomas Church (Thomaskirche)
Hauptbahnhof Leipzig ©
Hauptbahnhof Leipzig

2
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
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.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad St. Alban, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Andechs Monastery, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Haidhausen. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at English Garden, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, and then contemplate the long history of St. Peter's Church.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich road trip app .

Getting from Leipzig to Munich by combination of train and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Leipzig in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -1°C in Munich. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Munich

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Strandbad St. Alban, Andechs Monastery
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Strandbad St. Alban ©
Strandbad St. Alban
Andechs Monastery ©
Andechs Monastery
St. Peter's Church ©
St. Peter's Church

1
day
Stuttgart, Germany

Stuttgart ©
Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
On the 26th (Wed), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wilhelma Zoo and Botanical Garden, explore the historical opulence of Seeschloss Monrepos, then examine the collection at Mercedes-Benz Museum, and finally hunt for treasures at Christmas and Medieval Market.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Stuttgart trip tool .

Drive from Munich to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. December in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Der Esslinger Mittelaltermarkt & Weihnachtsmarkt, Seeschloss Monrepos
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Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Wilhelma Zoologisch-Botanischer Garten ©

1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Nicholas Church (Alte Nikolaikirche) and then meet the residents at Opel Zoo.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Frankfurt trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Stuttgart to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. December in Frankfurt sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Opel Zoo
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Opel Zoo ©
Opel Zoo

1
night
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip maker site .

You can take a train from Frankfurt to Cologne in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Cologne are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Paris.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Shrine of the Three Kings ©
Shrine of the Three Kings

3
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Shop till you drop at Champs-Elysees and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Visiting Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and don't miss a visit to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Cologne to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, taxi, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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night
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): buy something for everyone on your list at Les Docks Village.

Make your Marseille itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Paris to Marseille by combination of train, bus, and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, you will find days in Marseille are somewhat warmer (15°C), and nights are about the same (5°C). You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Tue) before leaving for Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Shopping Historic Sites
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Les Docks Village ©
Les Docks Village
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde

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Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the activities along Canal de Brienne (Le).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Toulouse attractions planner.

You can fly from Marseille to Toulouse in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Toulouse are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Toulouse

Parks Nature Shopping
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Canal de Brienne (Le) ©
Canal de Brienne (Le)
Hotel d'Assezat ©
Hotel d'Assezat

1
night
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Paul and then stroll through Parc Animalier Friedel.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Strasbourg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Toulouse to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Toulouse in January: high temperatures in Strasbourg hover around 6°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites
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Eglise Saint-Paul ©
Eglise Saint-Paul

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nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
You'll explore and learn at Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Jordaan and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Anne Frank House, tour the pleasant surroundings at ARTIS, and take a stroll through Red Light District.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam attractions planning tool .

Fly from Strasbourg to Amsterdam in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or drive. January in Amsterdam sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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