11 days in Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

11 days in Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

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11 days in Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Dusseldorf, Germany
Drive:  2​h 45​min
1
Rahden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aachen, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Lippstadt, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Dusseldorf, Germany

3
nights
Rahden, Germany

Rahden ©
Rahden is a town in the far north of North Rhine-Westphalia between Bielefeld and Bremen and between Hanover and Osnabrück. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): meet the residents at Zoo Osnabruck, cruise along Bali Therme, and then make a trip to Kaiser Wilhelm Monument. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Rathaus Osnabruck, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dom Sankt Petrus, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Bueckeburg, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Museumshof Rahden.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rahden travel route planning site .

Dusseldorf to Rahden is an approximately 3-hour car ride. In December, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Aachen.

Things to do in Rahden

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Osnabruck, Schloss Buckeburg, Bali Therme, Emperor William Monument
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Zoo Osnabruck ©
Zoo Osnabruck
Dom Sankt Petrus ©
Dom Sankt Petrus
Emperor William Monument ©
Emperor William Monument

3
nights
Aachen, Germany

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Get out of town with these interesting Aachen side-trips: Phantasialand (in Bruhl) and Beethoven House (in Bonn). There's much more to do: get your game on at Holocafe Aachen, don't miss a visit to Puppenbrunnen, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aachen Cathedral (Dom), and admire the landmark architecture of Aachener Rathaus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Aachen day trip site .

Traveling by car from Rahden to Aachen takes 4 hours. In December, daytime highs in Aachen are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Aachen

Theme Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Phantasialand, Beethoven-Haus Bonn
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Phantasialand ©
Phantasialand
Holocafe Aachen ©
Holocafe Aachen
Room Escape Games

1
night
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): make a trip to Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at De Nieuwe Kerk, and then get engrossed in the history at Van Gogh Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Aachen to Amsterdam in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lippstadt.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Historic Sites
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
De Nieuwe Kerk ©
De Nieuwe Kerk

3
nights
Lippstadt, Germany

Lippstadt ©
Lippstadt is a town in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lippstadt: Hermannsdenkmal (in Detmold), Externsteine (in Horn-Bad Meinberg) and Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen (in Bielefeld). There's much more to do: make a splash at Westfalen-Therme, get to know the resident critters at All Weather Zoo (Allwetterzoo Muenster), and appreciate the history behind The Horse's Head Statue.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lippstadt travel planning site .

You can drive from Amsterdam to Lippstadt in 3.5 hours. December in Lippstadt sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lippstadt

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen, Hermannsdenkmal, Westfalen-Therme, Externsteine, Allwetterzoo Munster
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Westfalen-Therme ©
Westfalen-Therme
Externsteine ©
Externsteine
Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen ©
Heimat-Tierpark Olderdissen

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