25 days in France, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

25 days in France, Germany & Salzburg Itinerary

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Strasbourg, France
— 3 nights
Drive
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Obernai, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ribeauville, France
Taxi
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Riquewihr, France
— 1 night
Taxi
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Kaysersberg, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Colmar, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Neuf-Brisach, France
— 1 night
Drive
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Triberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Meersburg (Bodensee), Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Lindau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Schwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Dachau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
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Salzburg, Austria
— 3 nights
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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. Strasbourg is one of the nine largest cities in France with nearly half a million inhabitants in the metropolitan area crossing the river to the German city of Kehl, on the eastern bank of the Rhine River.
On the 20th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Centre-ville de Strasbourg. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Place Kleber, take an in-depth tour of Alsatian Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then take a stroll through La Petite France, and finally don't miss a visit to Barrage Vauban.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Strasbourg trip planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Strasbourg Airport and Metz-Nancy-Lorraine Airport. December in Strasbourg sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Obernai.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games

Obernai, France

— 2 nights
Obernai commune in the Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): stop by Cave Barabos, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanctuaire du Mont Sainte Odile, then explore the galleries of Ancien camp de concentration de Natzweiler-Struthof, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument de l’ADEIF. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Le Puits a Six Seaux, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints Pierre et Paul, learn about winemaking at Vins d'Alsace Robert Blanck, make a trip to Parcours Historique d'Obernai, then make a trip to La Fontaine Sainte-Odile, and finally contemplate the long history of The Belfry.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Obernai journey app.

Obernai is just a short distance from Strasbourg. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Ribeauville.

Things to do in Obernai

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Ribeauville, France

Ribeauvillé is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.Its inhabitants are called Ribeauvillois.GeographyThe town is located around 10mi north of Colmar and 75kmsouth of Strasbourg. On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Tour des Bouchers, then try your luck at Casino Barriere de Ribeauville, and then stop by Cave de Ribeauville.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ribeauville route maker website.

Getting from Obernai to Ribeauville by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Riquewihr.

Things to do in Ribeauville

Fun & Games · Casinos · Shopping · Historic Sites

Riquewihr, France

— 1 night
Riquewihr is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Grand Est in north-eastern France.A popular tourist attraction for its historical architecture, Riquewihr is also known for the Riesling and other great wines produced in the village. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, stop by Feerie de Noel, and then make a trip to Dolder Tower.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Riquewihr trip itinerary site.

Riquewihr is just a stone's throw from Ribeauville. In December in Riquewihr, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Kaysersberg.

Things to do in Riquewihr

Wineries · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Kaysersberg, France

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Kaysersberg and then stop by Chocolaterie Strackar.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kaysersberg tour itinerary builder.

Kaysersberg is just a short distance from Riquewihr. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colmar.

Things to do in Kaysersberg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Colmar, France

— 2 nights

Little Venice

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.
On the 28th (Sat), visit Little Venice, don't miss a visit to Old Town, and then take an in-depth tour of Musée d'Unterlinden. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Cite de l'Automobile, then make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, then admire the landmark architecture of Maison Pfister, and finally make a trip to Statue of Liberty.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colmar day trip planning tool.

Colmar is just a stone's throw from Kaysersberg. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Neuf-Brisach.

Things to do in Colmar

Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Neuf-Brisach, France

— 1 night
Neuf-Brisach is a fortified town and commune of the department of Haut-Rhin in the French region of Alsace. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Les Fortifications de Neuf-Brisach, don't miss a visit to Hotel de ville de Neuf-Brisach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saints-Pierre-et-Paul, then see the interesting displays at Musee de l'Instrumentation Optique, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Royale Saint-Louis.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Neuf-Brisach road trip app.

Neuf-Brisach is very close to Colmar. Expect a daytime high around 6°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Neuf-Brisach

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

— 1 night

Capital of the Black Forest

In the heart of a major wine-producing region, Freiburg im Breisgau serves as the primary entry point for tours into the scenic Black Forest mountain range.
On the 31st (Tue), get in on the family fun at Europa-Park, make a trip to Munsterplatz, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Freiburg im Breisgau tour planner.

Drive from Neuf-Brisach to Freiburg im Breisgau in an hour. In December, daily temperatures in Freiburg im Breisgau can reach 8°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Triberg.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Triberg, Germany

— 1 night
Triberg im Schwarzwald is a town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, located in the Schwarzwald-Baar district in the Black Forest. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Triberger Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Black Forest Museum (Schwarzwaldmuseum), then look for gifts at House of 1000 Clocks, and finally take an in-depth tour of Schwarzwalder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Gengenbach Town Hall, then get outside with Schwarzwaldbahn Erlebnispfad, and then make a trip to Triberg Town Hall Conference Room.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Triberg trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Freiburg im Breisgau to Triberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daytime highs in Triberg are 6°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Meersburg (Bodensee).

Things to do in Triberg

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Meersburg (Bodensee), Germany

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen, make a trip to Das Unterstadttor, then see the interesting displays at Zeppelin Museum Meersburg, then step into the grandiose world of Burg Meersburg, and finally explore the historical opulence of Neues Schloss.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Meersburg (Bodensee) tour itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Triberg to Meersburg (Bodensee) in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Triberg in January, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Meersburg (Bodensee): temperatures range from 3°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Lindau.

Things to do in Meersburg (Bodensee)

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lindau, Germany

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Katholische Pfarrkirche Sankt Georg, contemplate the long history of Peterskirche, get a sense of history and politics at Altes Rathaus, then admire the local landmark of Lindavia-Brunnen, then make a trip to Mangturm, and finally enjoy the sea views from Lighthouse and Bavarian Lion Sculpture.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lindau trip planner.

You can drive from Meersburg (Bodensee) to Lindau in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in January, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Lindau

Historic Sites

Schwangau, Germany

— 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Schloss Hohenschwangau, step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Tegelberg, and finally contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Schwangau driving holiday planner.

Getting from Lindau to Schwangau by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in January, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dachau.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Dachau, Germany

— 1 night
Dachau is a town in Upper Bavaria, in the southern part of Germany. On the 6th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Schleissheim, then see the interesting displays at Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim, then contemplate the long history of Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and finally step into the grandiose world of Dachau Palace.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dachau day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Schwangau to Dachau in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In January in Dachau, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Dachau

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Munich, Germany

— 3 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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, admire the natural beauty at English Garden, see the interesting displays at Munich Residenz, and get curious at Deutsches Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip itinerary app.

Getting from Dachau to Munich by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Salzburg.

Things to do in Munich

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Nature

Salzburg, Austria

— 3 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Fortress Hohensalzburg Castle, steep yourself in history at Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and admire the landmark architecture of Salzburg Cathedral.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Salzburg day trip site.

You can drive from Munich to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Salzburg sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Salzburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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.

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.