15 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Groningen Itinerary

15 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Groningen Itinerary

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15 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Groningen Itinerary

Start: Brussels, Belgium
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Amsterdam, Holland
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Groningen, Holland
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Hamburg, Germany
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Berlin, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
5
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Brussels, Belgium

3
nights
Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Leidseplein as well as The Jordaan. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Portuguese Synagogue and Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder. Get in touch with nature at The Amstel and Herengracht. Step out of Amsterdam to go to Utrecht and see Canals area, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Anne Frank House, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and see the interesting displays at Zaanse Schans.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam attractions planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to Amsterdam is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. In July in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Groningen.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Zaanse Schans, Canals area
Highlights from your plan
Canals area ©
Canals area
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

1
night
Groningen, Holland

Groningen ©
Groningen is the main municipality as well as the capital city of the eponymous province in the Netherlands. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Infoversum, then explore the world behind art at Groninger Museum, then see the interesting displays at Universiteitsmuseum Groningen, and finally admire the striking features of Hoofdstation Groningen.

To find ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Groningen driving holiday planning tool .

Drive from Amsterdam to Groningen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Groningen can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Hamburg.

Things to do in Groningen

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hunebed D17
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Groninger Museum ©
Groninger Museum
Hunebed D17 ©
Hunebed D17
Universiteitsmuseum Groningen ©
Universiteitsmuseum Groningen

7
nights
Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of St. Michael and Alter Elbtunnel. Visit Speicherstadt and Bergen-Belsen Memorial for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Deutsches Auswandererhaus (in Bremerhaven), Sankt Peter-Ording (Sankt Peter Ording Beach & Seebrucke) and Schleswig (St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom), Schloss Gottorf, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Elbphilharmonie, explore the historical opulence of Herzog Palace (Herzogschloss), see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland, and make a trip to Nikolaikirche.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hamburg holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Groningen to Hamburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Hamburg sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Berlin.

Things to do in Hamburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Lubeck, Celle, Schleswig, Sankt Peter-Ording, Gedenkstatte Bergen-Belsen
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 Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
St. Michael's Church ©
St. Michael's Church
Alter Elbtunnel ©
Alter Elbtunnel

2
nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): browse the range of quality goods at Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), then buy something for everyone on your list at Mall of Berlin, and then wander the streets of Mitte. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Gedenkstaette Berlin-Hohenschoenhausen, contemplate the waterfront views at Botzsee, step off the mainland to explore Pfaueninsel, then walk around Sanssouci Palace, then test your team's savvy at THE ROOM - Live Escape Game Berlin, and finally stop by Rausch Schokoladenhaus.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Berlin trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Berlin takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cologne.

Things to do in Berlin

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Potsdam, Botzsee
Highlights from your plan
Potsdam's Gardens ©
Potsdam's Gardens
Sanssouci Palace ©
Sanssouci Palace
Mitte ©
Mitte

1
night
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 20th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Maria im Kapitol.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Cologne trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Berlin to Cologne by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. July in Cologne sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gross St. Martin ©
Gross St. Martin
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Melaten-Friedhof
Melaten-Friedhof

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