12 days in Germany Itinerary

12 days in Germany Itinerary

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12 days in Germany Itinerary

Start: Frankfurt
1
Frankfurt
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h
2
Koblenz
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
3
Essen
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Cologne
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
5
Heidelberg
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
End: Frankfurt

2
nights
Frankfurt

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hafenpark as well as Frankfurt Christmas Market. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Romer, mix with locals at Frankfurt Christmas Market, and then walk around Hafenpark. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Palmengarten, take some stellar pictures from Main Tower, snap pictures at Iron Bridge, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and finally contemplate the long history of Goethe House.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip maker website .

If you are flying in from Bahrain, the closest major airports are Frankfurt am Main Airport, Frankfurt-Hahn Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Koblenz.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Romer ©
Romer
Stadel Museum
Stadel 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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes AdventureGolf Koblenz as well as Basilica of St. Castor. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of St. Castor and then try for a hole-in-one at AdventureGolf Koblenz. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Eltz Castle, look for gifts at Jobelius Spirituosen, then explore the historical opulence of Reichsburg Cochem, then admire the striking features of Kunstgasschen Koblenz, and finally steep yourself in history at Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Koblenz attractions tool .

Drive from Frankfurt to Koblenz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in December, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Essen.

Things to do in Koblenz

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping

Side Trips

Eltz Castle, Jobelius Spirituosen, Reichsburg Cochem
Highlights from your plan
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress ©
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Deutsches Eck (German Corner) ©
Deutsches Eck (German Corner)
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

2
nights
Essen

Essen ©
For centuries one of Germany's major coal and steel centers, Essen offers some of Germany's best shopping, religious sites, and historical atmosphere.
Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Botanischer Garten Grugapark, then get your game on at Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen, then steep yourself in history at Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum Folkwang.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Essen trip builder app .

You can drive from Koblenz to Essen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Essen

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Botanischer Garten Grugapark ©
Botanischer Garten Grugapark
Museum Folkwang ©
Museum Folkwang
Hespertalbahn Museumseisenbahn Essen ©

2
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Hohenzollern Bridge, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aachen Cathedral, and finally admire the local landmark of Kreislauf des Geldes.

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You can take a train from Essen to Cologne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Aachen
Highlights from your plan
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Chocolate Museum ©
Chocolate Museum

3
nights
Heidelberg

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Heidelberg: Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank (in Baden-Baden), Europa-Park (in Rust) and Stuttgart (Mercedes-Benz Museum & Porsche Museum). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, steep yourself in history at Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), take a stroll through Altstadt (Old Town), and head outdoors with Philosopher’s Walk.

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You can take a train from Cologne to Heidelberg in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and car. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the train ride back home.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Stuttgart, Europa-Park, Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Mercedes-Benz Museum ©
Mercedes-Benz Museum
Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park

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