22 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

22 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Cologne
— 2 nights
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Trier
— 4 nights
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Saarbrucken
— 1 night
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Heidelberg
— 1 night
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Rust
— 1 night
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Stuttgart
— 3 nights
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Schwangau
— 1 night
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Munich
— 5 nights
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Nuremberg
— 3 nights
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Cologne

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gross St. Martin and St. Maria im Kapitol. Get some historical perspective at Cologne Cathedral and Shrine of the Three Kings. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cologne: Schloss Burg (in Solingen) and Altenberger Dom (in Odenthal). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Ursula, make a trip to Alt St. Alban, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sankt Andreas Kirche, and look for all kinds of wild species at Lindenthaler Tierpark.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Cologne trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Cologne is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Cologne are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trier.

Things to do in Cologne

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Trier

— 4 nights

Oldest City in Germany

Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded long before the Roman times.
Porta Nigra and Saint Gangolf's Church will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Peter's Cathedral (Dom) and Saarburg Waterfall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trier: Wild- & Erlebnispark Daun (in Daun), Saarburg (Greifvogelpark & St. Laurentius) and Schalkenmehrener Maar (in Schalkenmehren). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Konstantinbasilika, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paulin-Kirche, ponder the world of politics at Kurfurstliches Palais, and steep yourself in history at Metternich Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Trier trip planner.

You can drive from Cologne to Trier in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Saarbrucken.

Things to do in Trier

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Saarbrucken

— 1 night
Saarbrücken is the capital and largest city of the state of Saarland, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Stiftskirche St. Arnual, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Museum in der Schlosskirche, then make a trip to Ludwigskirche - Evangelische Kirchengemeinde Alt-Saarbrucken, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Karl-May-Wanderweg - Auf fremden Pfaden.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Saarbrucken trip planner.

You can drive from Trier to Saarbrucken in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Saarbrucken are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Saarbrucken

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Heidelberg

— 1 night

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Neckar River, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, then steep yourself in history at Dicker Turm (Schloss), and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Tinnunculus.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Heidelberg trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Saarbrucken to Heidelberg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Heidelberg sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rust.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Rust

— 1 night
Originally a poor fishing village, Rust now features a world-class amusement park complex.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Naturschutzgebiet Taubergiessen, then get outside with Taubergiessentour, then steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Endingen am Kaiserstuhl, and finally learn about winemaking at Weingut Jagle.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Rust vacation planning tool.

You can drive from Heidelberg to Rust in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September in Rust, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Rust

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Stuttgart

— 3 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palace Square and Seeschloss Monrepos. Step off the beaten path and head to Solitude Palace and Feuerseeplatz. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Mercedes-Benz Museum, find something for the whole family at Eliszis Jahrmarktstheater, see the interesting displays at Porsche Museum, and don't miss a visit to Rubble Hill.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Stuttgart online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rust to Stuttgart takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Stuttgart sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Schwangau

— 1 night

Fairy-Tale Village

An ideal holiday escape from fast-paced urban centers, Schwangau allows visitors to hike, cycle, swim, dance, and dine surrounded by a picture-perfect landscape.
On the 3rd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Burgruine Eisenberg, step into the grandiose world of Burgruine Hohenfreyberg, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Koloman.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Schwangau visit planner.

You can drive from Stuttgart to Schwangau in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Munich

— 5 nights

Village of a Million People

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.
Take a break from the city and head to English Garden and Kampenwand. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nymphenburg Palace and Heiliggeistkirche. Change things up with these side-trips from Munich: Lake Tegernsee (in Tegernsee), Wallbergbahn (in Rottach-Egern) and Andechs Monastery (in Andechs). Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: walk around Theresienwiese, take in panoramic vistas at Olympic Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Frauenkirche, and examine the collection at NS-Dokumentationszentrum Muenchen.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Munich tour planner.

Drive from Schwangau to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Munich, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Munich

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Nuremberg

— 3 nights

Gingerbread Capital of the World

Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Explore hidden gems such as St. Lorenz Church and Hangman's Bridge. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kaiserburg Nurnberg and Elisabethkirche. Venture out of the city with trips to Seehof Castle (in Memmelsdorf), Bamberg (Jakobskirche & Altenburg) and Basilica of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (in Staffelstein). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of City Walls of Nuremberg, ponder the design of Der Schoene Brunnen, appreciate the history behind Narrenschiffbrunnen, and steep yourself in history at Heilig-Geist-Spital.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nuremberg trip builder website.

You can drive from Munich to Nuremberg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.3
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.

Rhineland-Palatinate travel guide

4.3
Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites
Germany's renowned wine region, Rhineland-Palatinate is home to six of the country's 13 wine-producing districts. It leads the world in the production and export of fine sparkling wines. The region is also known for its modern museums, romantic castles, open-air markets, and traditional festivals, which make up a great number of its attractions. Be sure your itinerary includes a visit to some of the vibrant towns, as diverse and welcoming as the people who live in them. Rhineland-Palatinate is popular with walkers and cyclists. It offers more scenic long-distance paths, short walks, and award-winning trails than any casual tourist could ever hope to explore in a single visit. You can reach the major attractions easily by car or train. But to enjoy the region's pristine natural scenery, picturesque vineyards, and friendly villages, rent a bicycle. This way, you can traverse the countryside at a pace slow enough to soak up the local culture.

Saarland travel guide

3.8
Spas · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
The Saarland for decades was one of Germany's industrial powerhouse states and a point of contention between the World Wars. The state now offers both historical towns and world-class outdoor activities. Though home to a number of colorful riverside villages replete with 19th-century architecture, the forested terrain and rolling hills are perhaps its greatest draw. Biking and hiking are immensely popular here. The regional centers, such as the town of Saarbrucken, play host to many professional performing arts events. The state's proximity to and history with nearby France and Luxembourg lend a romantic twist to the gourmet and more traditional German dishes.

Baden-Wurttemberg travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Theme Parks · Castles
Baden-Wurttemberg is one of Germany's most popular vacation destinations. After all, who wouldn't be entranced by pristine natural habitats, rich culture, a multitude of mineral spas, and plenty of sunshine all year long? Most of this region is covered by the famed Black Forest. This spot's rugged peaks, glittering lakes, and well-maintained trails draw hikers, cyclists, and swimmers from around the globe. Located in the southern section of the country, Baden-Wurttemberg shares many of its traditions with its German-speaking neighbors in France, Switzerland, and Austria. Far more bucolic than the central and northern parts of the country, the area nevertheless offers a wealth of urban pleasures and tourist attractions. It features several large cities, most notably Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Be sure to include Baden-Baden on your itinerary as well, as its spas have been soothing weary travelers since Roman times.

Bavaria travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Specialty Museums · Castles
Bavaria is the country's largest, and one of Europe's oldest continuously existing states. It was established as a duchy in 907. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country, Bavaria is probably what most non-Germans have in mind when they imagine a vacation in Germany. Ironically, much of this region is culturally more like the neighboring Austria and Switzerland. There's much more to Bavaria than just the stereotypical leather trousers (lederhosen), sausages, and beer festivals. This region is one of the country's most popular destinations for tourism and is full of places to visit. It's rich in medieval cities, dense forests, towering mountains, sparkling lakes, picturesque castles, and thriving villages. Bavarians are regarded as the proudest of all Germans. They're loyal to their regional roots and traditions. To soak up the particular local culture of the rural areas, explore the countryside's picture-perfect villages on foot or by bicycle.