13 days in Germany & Rotterdam Itinerary

13 days in Germany & Rotterdam Itinerary

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gelsenkirchen, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Recklinghausen, Germany
— 1 day
Drive
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Hamm, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Unna, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Hattingen, Germany
— 1 night
Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Newcastle upon Tyne

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

— 7 nights

Manhattan on the Maas

Located in the South Holland province, Rotterdam is one of the Netherlands' most lively cities, as well as one of the largest trading ports in the world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rotterdam: The Hague (Madurodam, Peace Palace, &more), Keukenhof (in Lisse) and Efteling (in Kaatsheuvel). And it doesn't end there: take in panoramic vistas at Euromast, ponder the world of politics at Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights), get to know the fascinating history of Grote Markt, and see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rotterdam holiday builder tool.

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK to Rotterdam is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Newcastle upon Tyne to Rotterdam, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Rotterdam are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Gelsenkirchen.

Things to do in Rotterdam

Museums · Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Gelsenkirchen, Germany

— 2 nights
Gelsenkirchen stands as a tribute to the Industrial Revolution in Germany.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoom Erlebniswelt.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gelsenkirchen road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Rotterdam to Gelsenkirchen in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Recklinghausen.

Things to do in Gelsenkirchen

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Recklinghausen, Germany

— 1 day
Recklinghausen is the northernmost city in the Ruhr-Area and the capital of the Recklinghausen district. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by Palais Vest, then examine the collection at LWL Romermuseum, and then don't miss a visit to Halde Hoheward.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Recklinghausen trip itinerary maker app.

Recklinghausen is very close to Gelsenkirchen. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hamm.

Things to do in Recklinghausen

Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Hamm, Germany

— 1 night
Hamm is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. On the 20th (Tue), meet the residents at Tierpark Hamm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Kamadchi Ampal Tempel, and then walk around Kurpark.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hamm trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Recklinghausen to Hamm in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Hamm can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Unna.

Things to do in Hamm

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites
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Unna, Germany

— 1 night
Unna is a city of around 59,000 people in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the seat of the Unna district.GeographyUnna is situated on an ancient salt-trading route, the Westphalian Hellweg. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Schloss Cappenberg, don't miss a visit to Evangelische Stadtkirche Unna, and then see the interesting displays at Zentrum fuer Internationale Lichtkunst Unna.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Unna trip planner.

Unna is just a short distance from Hamm. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hattingen.

Things to do in Unna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hattingen, Germany

— 1 night
Hattingen is a town in the northern part of the Ennepe-Ruhr-Kreis district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.HistoryHattingen is located on the south bank of the River Ruhr in the south of the Ruhr region. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Burg Blankenstein, explore the galleries of LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Nachtigall, make a trip to Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Laurentius Wuppertal, and finally explore the world behind art at Von der Heydt-Museum.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hattingen holiday builder app.

You can drive from Unna to Hattingen in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hattingen

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.