15 days in France, Germany & Brussels Itinerary

15 days in France, Germany & Brussels Itinerary

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15 days in France, Germany & Brussels Itinerary

Start: Nantes, France
Train:  2 h 30 min
1
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h
4
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Brussels, Belgium
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  4 h
End: Nantes, France


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4
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
For shopping fun, head to Champs-Elysees or Le Marais. Visiting Seine River and Île de la Cité will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Paris online route maker .

Nantes to Paris is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. When traveling from Nantes in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Champs-Elysees ©
Champs-Elysees
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

3
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town), Cristal Lehrer Bruno (in Garrebourg) and Schnepfenried Ski Resort (in Sondernach). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, wander the streets of La Petite France, admire the striking features of Place Kleber, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg road trip planning app .

Getting from Paris to Strasbourg by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Colmar, Cristal Lehrer Bruno, Schnepfenried Ski Resort
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La Petite France ©
La Petite France
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Old Town ©
Old Town

2
nights
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Elizabeth Gate, explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg, make a trip to Altstadt (Old Town), then snap pictures at Carl Theodor Old Bridge (Alte Brucke), and finally get outside with Philosophers' Way (Philosophenweg). On the next day, take in breathtaking views at Wolfsschlucht, then contemplate the long history of Student Jail (Studentenkarzer), and then look for gifts at Vickermann & Stoya.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Heidelberg tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Strasbourg to Heidelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Vickermann & Stoya, Wolfsschlucht
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Philosopher’s Walk ©
Philosopher’s Walk
Wolfsschlucht ©
Wolfsschlucht
Vickermann & Stoya ©
Vickermann & Stoya

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): test your team's savvy at 66 Minuten and then admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Konigsallee, stop by Altstadt, then don't miss a visit to KolnTriangle, and finally snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Cologne trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Heidelberg to Cologne in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Brussels.

Things to do in Cologne

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, 66 Minuten
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Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Konigsallee ©
Konigsallee
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

3
nights
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels ©
The allure of the multi-cultural capital, Brussels, stems from its mix of political intrigue, artistic influence, historical significance, and a thriving social scene.
Escape the urban bustle at Minnewater Lake and Bruges Art Route. Change things up with these side-trips from Brussels: Bruges (Historic Centre of Brugge, Belfry of Bruges, & more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Grand Place, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral (Cathedrale St-Michel et Ste-Gudule), pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, and explore the galleries of Atomium.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Brussels trip planner.

You can take a train from Cologne to Brussels in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brussels

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bruges
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Grand Place ©
Grand Place
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert ©
Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert
Bruges Art Route ©
Bruges Art Route

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