15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia & Zator Itinerary

15 days in North Rhine-Westphalia & Zator Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 5 nights
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Herne, Germany
— 4 nights
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Drive to Düsseldorf Airport, Fly to Kraków John Paul II International Airport, Drive to Zator
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Zator, Poland
— 5 nights
Drive to Kraków John Paul II International Airport, Fly to Manchester

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Cologne, Germany

— 5 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kids will enjoy Cologne Cathedral and Phantasialand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cologne: Aachen (Aachen Cathedral & Aachener Rathaus), Dusseldorf (Rheinturm, Altstadt, &more) and Jubilaeumsbrunnen (in Wuppertal). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, take a stroll through Historic Old Town, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and make a trip to KolnTriangle.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Cologne trip builder app.

Manchester, UK to Cologne is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. When traveling from Manchester in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Cologne, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Herne.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Herne, Germany

— 4 nights
Herne is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. You've now added Cranger Kirmes to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Movie Park Germany and Heimathaus Weseke. Venture out of the city with trips to Zwillbrock Biologische Station (in Vreden), Freizeitpark Ketteler Hof (in Haltern am See) and Garten Picker (in Borken). There's more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at RevuePalast Ruhr and make a trip to Halde Hoheward.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Herne trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Cologne to Herne takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zator.

Things to do in Herne

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Zator, Poland

— 5 nights
Zator is an old town on the Skawa river within Oświęcim County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship in southern Poland. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Energylandia and Maczuga Herkulesa. Explore Zator's surroundings by going to Oswiecim (Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Panstwowe Muzeum Auschwitz-Birkenau, &more), Zamek Królewski (in Suloszowa) and Grota Lokietka (King's Lokietek Cave) (in Ojcow National Park). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at Inwald Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of John Paul II Square in Wadowice, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Minor Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Wooden Churches of Southern Little Poland.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Zator trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Herne to Zator. In August in Zator, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Zator

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

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Churches · Specialty Museums · Landmarks
North Rhine-Westphalia is in many ways almost a country unto itself. It's noted for its dense concentration of museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, and opera houses. The most populous German state, North Rhine-Westphalia was created at the end of World War II. It joined two Prussian provinces and a small fiefdom. The region's landscapes include flat expanses, densely forested hills, mighty rivers, and rugged mountains. Known for more than a century as the land of coal and steel, this was one of Europe's most important industrial regions in the post-war recovery period. Facing new demands of the ever-changing European markets, the region shifted its energies in the second half of the 20th century. Now it focuses on high-tech industries, media, and culture. Your itinerary may include days sightseeing in the region's bustling metropolises, but don't miss a chance to drive out into the sprawling countryside. You'll find a trove of quiet villages virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages.