15 days in France & Germany Itinerary

15 days in France & Germany Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Trier, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Schwangau, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Reims, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Amboise, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Bayeux, France
— 3 nights
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Cologne, Germany

— 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 14th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Phantasialand.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip planner.

New York City, USA to Cologne is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Cologne is 6 hours. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Cologne to be little chillier, temps between 73°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Trier, Germany

— 2 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Trier Amphitheater, explore the ancient world of Porta Nigra, admire the striking features of Konstantinbasilika, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), then make a trip to Hauptmarkt, and finally explore the ancient world of Kaiserthermen. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Saarschleife, take an in-depth tour of Museum Glockengiesserei Mabilon, then take in the dramatic scenery at Saarburg Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Rhineland Museum (Rheinisches Landesmuseum), and finally ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais.

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Traveling by car from Cologne to Trier takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Schwangau.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Schwangau, Germany

— 3 nights

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Schwangau: Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Aussichtsplattform AlpspiX & Zugspitze). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St.Maria und Florian, walk around Der Kurpark in Schwangau, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tegelberg.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Schwangau trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Trier to Schwangau takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Schwangau

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 2 nights

Crossroads of Europe

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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr, then explore the historical opulence of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then make a trip to Vieille Ville. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Barrage Vauban, stop by La Petite France, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then stroll around Parc de l'Orangerie, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Gare de Strasbourg.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Schwangau to Strasbourg in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. When traveling from Schwangau in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Strasbourg, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can take a train to Reims.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Reims, France

— 1 night

City of Kings

Reims is home to Champagne--the most celebrated and celebratory wine in the world.
On the 22nd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Jardin d'Horticulture Pierre Schneiter, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Saint-Remi, then admire the striking features of Palais du Tau, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, and finally ponder the design of Fontaine Sube.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Reims trip planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Reims by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Reims when traveling from Strasbourg in June, with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Reims

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Amboise, France

— 1 night
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): walk around Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire, get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Amboise itinerary planner.

Drive from Reims to Amboise in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

— 1 night
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Église Saint-Pierre - Le Mont-Saint-Michel, then make a trip to La Grande Rue, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Mont Saint-Michel Bay.

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Traveling by car from Amboise to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Amboise in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Mont-Saint-Michel: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Bayeux, France

— 3 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bayeux is known for museums, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, take in the history at Omaha Beach, and learn about all things military at Memorial de Caen.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Bayeux trip planner.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In June in Bayeux, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Germany travel guide

4.5
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.

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Normandy travel guide

4.6
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Gardens
Discover the Alabaster Coast along the steep Normandy coast with spectacular chalk cliffs, a number of scenic villages, posh seaside holiday resorts, the Channel Islands, and the English Channel. The Channel Islands, although British Crown Dependencies, are considered culturally and historically a part of Normandy. Upper Normandy is predominantly more industrial, while Lower Normandy is predominantly agricultural. The shoreline is famed for the D-Day invasion by Allied troops on June 6, 1944, where you'll find museums and monuments with historical significance to World War II. As you explore the old towns, note the Norman architecture that follows a pattern similar to the English Romanesque architecture following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Typical Norman villages have many half-timbered houses in their old towns and historical vessels in their old ports. One of the most popular things to do along the Alabaster Coast is sampling its local products: The region produces hard apple ciders, Calvados apple brandies, and famous Bénédictine liqueur instead of wine due to its abundance of apple orchards.