15 days in France, Rothenburg & Dinkelsbuhl Itinerary

15 days in France, Rothenburg & Dinkelsbuhl Itinerary

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Fly to Frankfurt, Train to Rothenburg
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Dijon, France
— 2 nights
Train
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Orschwiller, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Riquewihr, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dinkelsbuhl, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive to Nuremberg Airport, Fly to Vilnius

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Rothenburg, Germany

— 2 nights

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get a sense of history and politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Markusturm and Buttelhaus, contemplate the long history of Gerlachschmiede, don't miss a visit to Das Plonlein, steep yourself in history at Siebers Tower, then contemplate the long history of Altstadt, and finally see the interesting displays at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum).

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rothenburg online day trip planner.

Vilnius, Lithuania to Rothenburg is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Vilnius to Rothenburg due to the time zone difference. August in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, contemplate the long history of Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise Saint-Paul, and finally examine the collection at Le Vaisseau. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of La Petite France, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Thomas, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg, and finally examine the collection at Musée historique de la ville de Strasbourg.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Strasbourg online trip maker.

Drive from Rothenburg to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can take a train to Dijon.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Dijon, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Burgundy

Perhaps best known for its locally produced mustard, Dijon also makes a wonderfully flavorful crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and boasts excellent examples of regional architecture with polychrome roofs made of tiles in terracotta, green, yellow, and black placed in geometric patterns.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Palace of the Dukes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Benigne de Dijon, then take an in-depth tour of Musee de la Vie Bourguignonne, then make a trip to Tour Philippe le Bon, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Paroisse Notre-Dame De Dijon. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Owl's Trail, learn about winemaking at Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, then do a tasting at Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion, then don't miss a visit to Le Cassissium, and finally examine the collection at Musee Rude.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Dijon trip planner.

You can take a train from Strasbourg to Dijon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Dijon can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Orschwiller.

Things to do in Dijon

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Orschwiller, France

— 1 night
Orschwiller is a commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in northeastern France.The Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is located in the commune. Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, then stroll through La Volerie des Aigles, and then learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Orschwiller visit planning app.

Getting from Dijon to Orschwiller by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Riquewihr.

Things to do in Orschwiller

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries

Side Trips

Riquewihr, France

— 2 nights
Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Dolder Tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise protestant Sainte-Marguerite, learn about winemaking at Hugel et Fils, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Notre Dame de Riquewihr, then do a tasting at Vin d'Alsace HORCHER, and finally get to know the resident critters at NaturoparC - Hunawihr. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Kaysersberg, see the interesting displays at Musee des Eaux de Vie, get engrossed in the history at Musee Memorial Le Linge, then get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Georges.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Riquewihr trip builder website.

Riquewihr is just a short distance from Orschwiller. In August in Riquewihr, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Colmar, France

— 3 nights

Little Venice

Situated along the Alsatian Wine Route, Colmar is renowned for its German and French culture, well-preserved old town, numerous architectural landmarks, and its museums.
Get outdoors at Route des Cretes and Petite Camargue Alsacienne. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Musee du Jouet and Eglise des Dominicains. Venture out of the city with trips to Lac de Longemer (in Xonrupt-Longemer), Grand Ballon (in Guebwiller) and Hartmannswillerkopf (in Wattwiller). There's still lots to do: get outside with Le Hohneck, pause for some photo ops at Manneken Pis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise St-Martin, and steep yourself in history at Koifhus (Old Custom House).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colmar trip maker.

Colmar is just a stone's throw from Riquewihr. In August, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Dinkelsbuhl.

Things to do in Colmar

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

— 2 nights
Dinkelsbühl is a historic town in Central Franconia, a region of Germany that is now part of the state of Bavaria, in southern Germany. On the 24th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Die Stauferstele, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, don't miss a visit to Weinmarkt, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Kinderzech-Zeughaus.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dinkelsbuhl day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Colmar to Dinkelsbuhl takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 25th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dinkelsbuhl

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.