29 days in Germany & Upper Rhine Valley Itinerary

29 days in Germany & Upper Rhine Valley Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver, Canada
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Frankfurt, Germany
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Oberwesel, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
4
Hamburg, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
5
Lubeck, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
6
Berlin, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
7
Dresden, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Nuremberg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Rothenburg, Germany
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Heidelberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
11
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
12
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  30 min
13
Basel, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
14
Schwangau, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
15
Munich, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Vancouver, Canada

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Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Romer and then admire the masterpieces at Liebieghaus.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt road trip website.

Vancouver, Canada to Frankfurt is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Frankfurt is 9 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oberwesel.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Museums
Highlights from your plan
Liebieghaus ©
Liebieghaus
Romer ©
Romer

1
night
Oberwesel, Germany

Oberwesel ©
Oberwesel is a town on the Middle Rhine in the Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis (district) in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Martinskirche, then explore the historical opulence of Rheinstein Castle, then explore the historical opulence of Reichenstein Castle, and finally stop by Postenturm.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oberwesel online trip maker.

Getting from Frankfurt to Oberwesel by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Oberwesel can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Oberwesel

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trechtingshausen, Postenturm
Highlights from your plan
Rheinstein Castle ©
Rheinstein Castle
Postenturm ©
Postenturm
Reichenstein Castle ©
Reichenstein Castle

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Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 11th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, then admire the striking features of Cologne Cathedral, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig.

Plan a Cologne trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Oberwesel to Cologne takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Cologne can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

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Hamburg, Germany

Hamburg ©
As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 12th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Planten un Blomen, appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then browse the exhibits of Miniatur Wunderland. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Townhall, admire the masterpieces at Kunsthalle Hamburg, then contemplate the long history of Alter Elbtunnel, and finally get your game on at EscapeDiem.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hamburg day trip planning app.

Getting from Cologne to Hamburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Lubeck.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
EscapeDiem ©
EscapeDiem
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Kunsthalle Hamburg ©
Kunsthalle Hamburg

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night
Lubeck, Germany

Lubeck ©
Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Heiligen-Geist-Hospital, stop by Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870, then get to know the fascinating history of An der Obertrave, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Kirche, and finally admire the natural beauty at Schulgarten.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Lubeck online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Hamburg to Lubeck takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lubeck can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Berlin.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Heiligen-Geist-Hospital ©
Heiligen-Geist-Hospital
Schulgarten ©
Schulgarten
Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870 ©
Rotter Glas - Crystal since 1870

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nights
Berlin, Germany

Berlin ©
The country's capital and largest city, Berlin is a diverse urban center boasting a lively nightlife and countless things to do.
Berlin is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind Brandenburg Gate, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, explore the historical opulence of Charlottenburg Palace, and admire the striking features of Berliner Dom.

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Getting from Lubeck to Berlin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Dresden.

Things to do in Berlin

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Brandenburg Gate ©
Brandenburg Gate
Reichstag Building ©
Reichstag Building

3
nights
Dresden, Germany

Dresden ©
Dresden boasts a long history as a royal residence of many Saxon kings.
Dresden is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The Dresden Zwinger, make a trip to Procession of Princes, examine the collection at Museum fur Sachsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, and wander the streets of Gorlitzer Strasse.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Dresden driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Berlin to Dresden takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Dresden sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Dresden

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Dresden Zwinger ©
The Dresden Zwinger
Frauenkirche Dresden ©
Frauenkirche Dresden
Albertinum ©
Albertinum

3
nights
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Nuremberg is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, make a trip to St. Lorenz Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Elisabethkirche, and steep yourself in history at Hangman's Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dresden to Nuremberg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Nuremberg can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rothenburg.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg
St. Lorenz Church ©
St. Lorenz Church
Rochusfriedhof ©
Rochusfriedhof

3
nights
Rothenburg, Germany

Rothenburg ©
An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
Explore Rothenburg's surroundings by going to Wurzburg (Roentgen Memorial Site Wuerzburg, Fortress Marienberg, &more). There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Altstadt, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Wolfgang's Church, steep yourself in history at Town Walls, and ponder the world of politics at Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Rothenburg trip app.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Rothenburg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Rothenburg are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Rothenburg

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

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

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Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 28th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Schloss Heidelberg and then head outdoors with Michaelsberg. On the 29th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Goenneranlage, then see the interesting displays at Museum Frieder Burda, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Miniaturwelt mit Sima's Cafe.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Heidelberg day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rothenburg to Heidelberg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Baden-Baden
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Museum Frieder Burda ©
Museum Frieder Burda
Michaelsberg ©
Michaelsberg

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, then see the interesting displays at Palais de Rohan, and finally wander the streets of La Petite France.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Strasbourg vacation builder website.

You can drive from Heidelberg to Strasbourg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg ©
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Freiburg im Breisgau ©
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 (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Freiburger Münster, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Mundenhof, and then get in on the family fun at Europa-Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Freiburg im Breisgau road trip app.

Traveling by car from Strasbourg to Freiburg im Breisgau takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can take a train to Basel.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trip

Europa-Park
Highlights from your plan
Europa-Park ©
Europa-Park
Freiburger Münster ©
Freiburger Münster
Mundenhof ©
Mundenhof

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Basel, Switzerland

Basel ©
Situated where the Swiss, German, and French borders meet, Basel is considered the hub of Dreilandereck, this "three countries corner." Its location makes Basel a center of culture and history, brimming with important theaters and museums.
On the 1st (Sun), wander the streets of Basel's Old Town, then put a fun spin on your tour with Stadt-Krimi, and then stroll around Wenken Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Basel route planner.

Basel is very close to Freiburg im Breisgau. In October, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Schwangau.

Things to do in Basel

Fun & Games Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Stadt-Krimi, Wenken Park
Highlights from your plan
Basel's Old Town ©
Basel's Old Town

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Schwangau, Germany

Schwangau ©
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 2nd (Mon), take in the awesome beauty at Mount Tegelberg, then stroll around Der Kurpark in Schwangau, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, and finally steep yourself in history at Schloss Hohenschwangau.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Schwangau travel planner.

You can drive from Basel to Schwangau in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Basel in November: high temperatures in Schwangau hover around 8°C and lows are around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Munich.

Things to do in Schwangau

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Schloss Hohenschwangau
Highlights from your plan
Schloss Neuschwanstein ©
Schloss Neuschwanstein
Schloss Hohenschwangau ©
Schloss Hohenschwangau
Mount Tegelberg ©
Mount Tegelberg

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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.
Munich is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Marienplatz, admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter's Church, examine the collection at BMW Welt, and take in panoramic vistas at Frauenkirche.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planner.

Getting from Schwangau to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. November in Munich sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Alte Pinakothek ©
Alte Pinakothek
Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace

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