18 days in France, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

18 days in France, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

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18 days in France, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

Start: Boston, United States
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Rothenburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Baden-Baden, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
4
Strasbourg, France
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Triberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Boston, United States


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1
night
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt journey planning tool .

Boston, USA to Frankfurt is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Boston in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Frankfurt, with lows around 55°F. On the 6th (Sat), you're off toRothenburg.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Nightlife Museums

2
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kathe Wohlfahrt, The Night Watchman Tour, Siebers Tower, and other attractions you added. Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Town and Bamberg Altstadt. Do some cultural sightseeing at Town Walls and German Christmas Museum (Deutsches Weihnachtsmuseum). Change things up with these side-trips from Rothenburg: Wurzburg (Würzburg Residence, St Stephan, & more) and Flussbad Hainbadestelle (in Bamberg). There's much more to do: hunt for treasures at Kathe Wohlfahrt's Christmas Shop, head outdoors with Kletterwald, examine the collection at Medieval Crime Museum (Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum), and get engrossed in the history at Reichsstadtmuseum.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rothenburg online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Triberg to Rothenburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Triberg in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Rothenburg: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Bamberg
Highlights from your plan
Altstadt ©
Altstadt
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

2
nights
Baden-Baden, Germany

Baden-Baden ©
Scenically located at the edge of the Black Forest, Baden-Baden offers scenery, culture, and relaxation in addition to a vibrant nightlife and dining scene, specializing in traditional German dishes.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Burg Hohenbaden, contemplate the long history of Trinkhalle, try to win big at Casino Baden-Baden Spielbank, then see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Lichtentaler Allee.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Baden-Baden trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Baden-Baden takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Baden-Baden, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Baden-Baden

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Lichtentaler Allee ©
Lichtentaler Allee
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Hohenbaden Castle ©
Hohenbaden Castle

2
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.
Get some historical perspective at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg and Mont Sainte Odile. Do some cultural sightseeing at La Petite France and Centre International d'Art Verrier de Meisenthal (CIAV). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Strasbourg: Domaine Alfred Wantz (in Mittelbergheim) and Musee Lalique (in Wingen-sur-Moder). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, examine the collection at Palais de Rohan, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Protestant Church of St. Peter the Younger.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg trip site .

You can drive from Baden-Baden to Strasbourg in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in June, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Colmar.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mont Sainte Odile, Centre International d'Art Verrier de Meisenthal (CIAV), Musee Lalique, Domaine Alfred Wantz
Highlights from your plan
Palais de Rohan ©
Palais de Rohan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

2
nights
Colmar, France

Colmar ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): look for gifts at Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, then contemplate the long history of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, and then admire the masterpieces at Musée d'Unterlinden. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Cite de l'Automobile, wander the streets of Little Venice, and then see the interesting displays at Musee du Jouet.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colmar trip maker website .

Colmar is just a short distance from Strasbourg. In June, daily temperatures in Colmar can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Triberg.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Confiserie des Hautes Vosges, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Cite de l'Automobile
Highlights from your plan
Musée d'Unterlinden ©
Musée d'Unterlinden
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
Little Venice ©
Little Venice

3
nights
Triberg, Germany

Triberg ©
Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. On the 15th (Mon), examine the collection at Black Forest Museum (Schwarzwaldmuseum), then look for gifts at House of 1000 Clocks, then get engrossed in the history at Black Forest Open Air Museum Vogtsbauernhof, and finally admire the sheer force of Triberger Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at German Clock Museum, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Titisee, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St Peter im Schwarzwald.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Triberg route planner .

You can drive from Colmar to Triberg in 2 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Triberg can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Triberg

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

German Clock Museum, Schwarzwalder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, Lake Titisee, Narrengilde Geisterwölfe St. Peter e.V.
Highlights from your plan
German Clock Museum
German Clock Museum
Triberger Waterfall ©
Triberger Waterfall

3
nights
Munich, Germany

Munich ©
Often described as the city of laptops and lederhosen, Munich is an international center of business, engineering, research, and medicine that still maintains a rich cultural heritage and age-old traditions.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Marienplatz, St. Peter's Church and Neuschwanstein Castle. Munich Residenz and Deutsches Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Schloss Nymphenburg and Haidhausen are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Viktualienmarkt, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and stroll around English Garden.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Munich vacation planner .

You can drive from Rothenburg to Munich in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. June in Munich sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Munich Residenz ©
Munich Residenz

2
nights
Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Salzburger Altstadt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Salzburg Cathedral (Dom), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hellbrunn, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), and finally explore the historical opulence of Salzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), take in the exciting artwork at Residenzgalerie Salzburg, see the interesting displays at Salzburg Museum, make a trip to Mozartplatz, then take in the awesome beauty at Untersberg, and finally examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Salzburg online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Munich to Salzburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June in Salzburg, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Hellbrunn ©
Schloss Hellbrunn
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle ©
Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle
Mozarts Geburtshaus ©
Mozarts Geburtshaus

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