5 days in Germany, Basel & Strasbourg Itinerary

5 days in Germany, Basel & Strasbourg Itinerary

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5 days in Germany, Basel & Strasbourg Itinerary

Start: Istanbul, Turkey
Fly:  4 h
1
Basel, Switzerland
— Few hours
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Strasbourg, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Heidelberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuremberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Munich, Germany
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h
End: Istanbul, Turkey

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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 19th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Basel Minster, don't miss a visit to Rathaus, and then admire the masterpieces at Fondation Beyeler.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Basel travel itinerary planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Basel is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Basel is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Istanbul in March, expect much colder with lows of 1°C in Basel. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Basel

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fondation Beyeler
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Basel Minster ©
Basel Minster
Rathaus ©
Rathaus
Fondation Beyeler ©
Fondation Beyeler

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take a stroll through La Petite France, admire the striking features of La Neustadt, then walk around Parc de l'Orangerie, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Flightadventures - Flight Simulator.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Strasbourg trip maker .

Traveling by train from Basel to Strasbourg takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Strasbourg are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Fun & Games Neighborhoods
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La Neustadt ©
La Neustadt
Parc de l'Orangerie ©
Parc de l'Orangerie
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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night
Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg ©
A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
On the 21st (Sat), hike along Philosopher’s Walk, wander the streets of Altstadt (Old Town), step into the grandiose world of Schloss Heidelberg, steep yourself in history at Michaelskloster, then enjoy breathtaking views from Heiligenberg, and finally pause for some photo ops at Thingstatte.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Strasbourg to Heidelberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Strasbourg in March, you will find days in Heidelberg are a bit cooler (3°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuremberg.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Historic Sites Trails Neighborhoods
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Altstadt (Old Town) ©
Altstadt (Old Town)
Philosopher’s Walk ©
Philosopher’s Walk

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Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg ©
Nuremberg's historic town center stands in the shadow of a towering imperial castle that dominates its northwestern corner.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): stroll around Furth Stadtpark, see the interesting displays at DB Museum (German Railway Museum), then see the interesting displays at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, then step into the grandiose world of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, and finally ponder the design of Der Schoene Brunnen.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nuremberg trip planner.

Getting from Heidelberg to Nuremberg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Heidelberg, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nuremberg, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Furth Stadtpark
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DB Museum (German Railway Museum) ©
DB Museum (German Railway Museum)
Der Schoene Brunnen ©
Der Schoene Brunnen
Kaiserburg Nurnberg ©
Kaiserburg Nurnberg

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Nymphenburg Palace, then make a trip to Mariensaule, and then make a trip to Marienplatz.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Munich trip site .

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Munich

Historic Sites
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Marienplatz ©
Marienplatz
Nymphenburg Palace ©
Nymphenburg Palace
Mariensaule ©
Mariensaule

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