11 days in North Rhine-Westphalia & Rhineland-Palatinate Itinerary

11 days in North Rhine-Westphalia & Rhineland-Palatinate Itinerary

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11 days in North Rhine-Westphalia & Rhineland-Palatinate Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + train:  9​h
1
Cologne
— 5 nights
train:  1​h
2
Koblenz
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
3
Mainz
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Tel Aviv

5
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Phantasialand, KolnTriangle, Praetorium, and other attractions you added. Do some cultural sightseeing at Cologne Cathedral and Chocolate Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Aachen (Elisenbrunnen, Puppenbrunnen, & more). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Historic Old Town and get engrossed in the history at Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cologne online holiday planner .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Cologne is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tel Aviv in September, expect nights in Cologne to be cooler, around 11°C, while days are slightly colder, around 23°C. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Koblenz.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Aachen, Bonn, Phantasialand
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Aachen Cathedral ©
Aachen Cathedral
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

2
nights
Koblenz

Koblenz ©
Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
You've added Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung, Jesuitenplatz, Mosel River, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 5th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Jesuitenplatz, see the interesting displays at Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung, then don't miss a visit to Deutsches Eck (German Corner), and finally steep yourself in history at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Mosel River, then admire the verdant scenery at Mosel Valley, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Eltz, and finally step into the grandiose world of Reichsburg Cochem.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Koblenz holiday planner .

You can take a train from Cologne to Koblenz in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Mainz.

Things to do in Koblenz

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mosel River, Reichsburg Cochem, Eltz Castle, Mosel Valley
Highlights from your plan
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Reichsburg Cochem ©
Reichsburg Cochem
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

3
nights
Mainz

Mainz ©
Steeped in history and tradition, Mainz is an elegant, modern city in Germany's largest wine-growing region and a major center for tourism.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Temple of Isis & Mater Magna as well as The Museum of Ancient Shipbuilding. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Altstadt (Old Town) and St. Stephan's Church (Stephanskirche). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mainz: Frankfurt (Romer, Eiserner Steg, & more) and Heidelberg (Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), Old Heidelberg University (Alte Universitat), & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mainz Cathedral (Dom) and get engrossed in the history at Gutenberg Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mainz travel planner.

You can take a train from Koblenz to Mainz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mainz

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Heidelberg, Frankfurt
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg

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