15 days in Germany, France & Karlovy Vary Itinerary

15 days in Germany, France & Karlovy Vary Itinerary

Jaruwan Pedersen

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Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
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Radolfzell am Bodensee, Germany
— 2 nights
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Mulhouse, France
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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
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Koblenz, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic

— 3 nights
Bohemia's historical spa town, Karlovy Vary serves as one of Europe's most glamorous vacation resorts.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral and Osek Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Moser and Mlynska kolonada. Change things up with these side-trips from Karlovy Vary: Zamek Cerveny Hradek (in Jirkov), Johann W - Castle winery Třebívlice (in Trebivlice) and Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (in Most). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Mary Magdalene, hike along Diana Lookout Tower, explore the historical opulence of Statni Zamek Kynzvart, and take in the natural beauty of Vridelni kolonada.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Karlovy Vary road trip planning app.

Nykobing Falster, Denmark to Karlovy Vary is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also drive. Traveling from Nykobing Falster in May, Karlovy Vary is little chillier at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Radolfzell am Bodensee.

Things to do in Karlovy Vary

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

Radolfzell am Bodensee, Germany

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Sigmaringen Castle, step into the grandiose world of Neues Schloss, explore the different monuments and memorials at KZ-Friedhof Birnau, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town (Niederburg), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of St. Peter and Paul. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Munster Unserer Lieben Frau - St. Radolt Radolfzell, steep yourself in history at Zur Erinnerung an die Bewahrung von Radolfzell, kick back and relax at Strandbad Mettnau, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mettnau-Turm, then get some fabulous bargains at seemaxx Outlet Center, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Munster St. Nikolaus.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Radolfzell am Bodensee trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Karlovy Vary to Radolfzell am Bodensee takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mulhouse.

Things to do in Radolfzell am Bodensee

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mulhouse, France

— 1 night
An industrial town nicknamed "the French Manchester," Mulhouse is famous for its Peugeot factory, esteemed museums, Alsace wine, and cultural riches.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Musee Electropolis, admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville, see the interesting displays at Musee De L'Impression Sur Etoffes De Mulhouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Saint Etienne, and finally examine the collection at Hôtel de ville - Musée Historique.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Mulhouse using our trip planner.

Drive from Radolfzell am Bodensee to Mulhouse in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mulhouse are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sun) before leaving for Strasbourg.

Things to do in Mulhouse

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Strasbourg, France

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Museum Œuvre Notre-Dame and Eglise Saint-Paul. Get some historical perspective at Cave Historique des Hospices de Strasbourg and Eglise Saint-Thomas. Get out of town with these interesting Strasbourg side-trips: Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller), Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial (in Saint-Avold) and Maison de la Manufacture d'Armes Blanches (in Klingenthal). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Domaine Albert Seltz, pause for some serene contemplation at Old Saint Peter's Church, wander the streets of La Petite France, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Strasbourg trip planner.

You can drive from Mulhouse to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Koblenz.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Wineries

Side Trips

Koblenz, Germany

— 4 nights

Gateway to the Romantic Rhine

Calling itself "Germany's most beautiful corner," Koblenz is tucked in the picturesque valley formed by the Rhine and Moselle rivers and is one of the most popular spots on tourist itineraries.
Get some cultural insight at Dom zu Worms and Rheinstein Castle. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica of St. Castor and Jesuitenplatz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Koblenz: Trier (St. Paulin-Kirche, Porta Nigra, &more), Burg Stahleck (in Bacharach) and Eltz Castle (in Wierschem). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Metternich Castle, learn about all things military at VFF Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz, don't miss a visit to Kurfurstliches Schloss, and appreciate the history behind Historiensaule.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Koblenz trip planner.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Koblenz takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Koblenz are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Koblenz

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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 24th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Gross St. Martin, explore the different monuments and memorials at Melaten-Friedhof, admire the landmark architecture of Saint Gereon's Basilica, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Andreas Kirche, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of the Three Kings. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of St. Maria im Kapitol, then stop by Dusseldorf-Oberkassel, and then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Burg.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Cologne journey builder website.

Getting from Koblenz to Cologne by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May in Cologne, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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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.