60 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

60 days in Danube Countries Itinerary

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Nuremberg
— 8 nights
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Munich
— 9 nights
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Schwangau
— 5 nights
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Stuttgart
— 8 nights
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Freiburg im Breisgau
— 8 nights
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Voelklingen
— 1 night
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Heidelberg
— 8 nights
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Wiesbaden
— 5 nights
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Cologne
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Nuremberg

— 8 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.
Visit Neue Residenz Bamberg and Bamberg Cathedral for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to DB Museum (German Railway Museum) and Burggarten. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuremberg: Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Fortress Marienberg, &more), Bamberg (Humsera, Altes Rathaus, &more) and Regensburg (Basilica of the Nativity of Our Lady Regensburg, Cathedral of St Peter's, &more). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Historiengewölbe mit Staatsverlies - Museum zur Stadtgeschichte in Rothenburg o.d.T., pause for some serene contemplation at St. Lorenz Church, steep yourself in history at Nuremberg Palace of Justice, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nuremberg trip itinerary maker.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Nuremberg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. July in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Munich.

Things to do in Nuremberg

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Munich

— 9 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at St. Michael's Church and St. Marinus und Anianus. Popular historic sites such as Burg zu Burghausen and Schloss Possenhofen are in your itinerary. Explore Munich's surroundings by going to Treasury and Pilgrimage Musuem (in Altotting), Andechs Monastery (in Andechs) and Starnberger See (in Starnberg). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Tegernsee, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Nebelhorn, contemplate the long history of Rathaus-Glockenspiel, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Munich trip planning app.

Drive from Nuremberg to Munich in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Munich can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Schwangau.

Things to do in Munich

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Schwangau

— 5 nights

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.
Altstadt (Old Town) Mittenwald and Hohes Schloss are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at St.Maria und Florian and Antike Romervilla. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Schwangau: Ettal (Ettal Abbey & Schloss Linderhof), Eibsee (in Grainau) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Alpspitz & Partnachklamm). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Forggensee, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pilgrimage Church of Wies, get lost in a book at Stadtbibliothek, and contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Schwangau trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Munich to Schwangau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Stuttgart.

Things to do in Schwangau

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Stuttgart

— 8 nights

Cradle of the Automobile

Stuttgart spreads across a variety of valleys, parks, and hills--many of them covered by vineyards.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lichtenstein Castle and Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg. Get some cultural insight at Staatsgalerie and Solitude Palace. Change things up with these side-trips from Stuttgart: Erlebnispark Tripsdrill (in Cleebronn), Burg Hohenzollern (in Bisingen) and Market Square (Marktplatz) (in Tubingen). There's lots more to do: stroll around Hohenpark Killesberg, browse the collection at Public Library Stuttgart, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ulmer Münster, and don't miss a visit to MerkurBergbahn.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Stuttgart day trip planner.

You can drive from Schwangau to Stuttgart in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Stuttgart are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Freiburg im Breisgau.

Things to do in Stuttgart

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Freiburg im Breisgau

— 8 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein and Schlossberg. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pfahlbaumuseum Unteruhldingen and Old Town (Niederburg). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Freiburg im Breisgau: Burg Meersburg (in Meersburg (Bodensee)), Affenberg Salem (in Salem) and Konstanz (Mainau & Constance Harbour). The adventure continues: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Mundenhof, pause for some serene contemplation at Evangelische Pauluskirche, take an in-depth tour of Schwarzwalder Freilichtmuseum Vogtsbauernhof, and admire the sheer force of Todtnau Waterfalls.

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Traveling by car from Stuttgart to Freiburg im Breisgau takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Freiburg im Breisgau, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Voelklingen.

Things to do in Freiburg im Breisgau

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Voelklingen

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Bunker 20, then browse the different shops at Myland, and then don't miss a visit to Voelklinger-Huette.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Voelklingen online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Freiburg im Breisgau to Voelklingen takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Freiburg im Breisgau in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Voelklingen: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Heidelberg.

Things to do in Voelklingen

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Heidelberg

— 8 nights

City of Romanticism

A vibrant university city, Heidelberg is nestled in the picturesque Neckar river valley.
Visit Schwetzingen Palace and Student Jail (Studentenkarzer) for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Church of the Holy Ghost (Heiliggeistkirche) and Baroque Palace Mannheim. Explore Heidelberg's surroundings by going to Lichtentaler Allee (in Baden-Baden), Frankfurt (German Film Museum, Palmengarten, &more) and Fruchthalle (in Rastatt). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mannheimer Wasserturm, trek along Philosopher’s Walk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anna-Kirche, and visit Altstadt (Old Town).

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Heidelberg online travel route planner.

Drive from Voelklingen to Heidelberg in 2 hours. In August in Heidelberg, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Wiesbaden.

Things to do in Heidelberg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Wiesbaden

— 5 nights

Jewel of the Rhine

One of Europe's oldest spa towns, Wiesbaden has been catering to travelers from countries near and far for many centuries.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Eberbach Abbey and Neroberg. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Elizabeth's Church and Erbenheimer Warte. Explore Wiesbaden's surroundings by going to Opel Zoo (in Kronberg im Taunus), Mathildenhoehe (in Darmstadt) and Ruedesheim am Rhein (Drosselgasse, Niederwald Monument (Niederwalddenkmal), &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Romerkastell Saalburg und archaologischer Park, learn about winemaking at Weingut Kaspar Herke, get to know the fascinating history of Luisenplatz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St.Marien.

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Traveling by car from Heidelberg to Wiesbaden takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Wiesbaden can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Wiesbaden

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Cologne

— 7 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Schloss Drachenburg and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cologne will appeal to history buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Botanical Gardens Flora and Shrine of the Three Kings. Explore Cologne's surroundings by going to Bonn (Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland & Rheinaue), Aachener Rathaus (in Aachen) and Drachenfels (in Koenigswinter). Pack the 9th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Phantasialand. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus, stop by Altstadt, admire the striking features of Schloss Augustusburg, and visit Historic Old Town.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cologne trip planner.

Drive from Wiesbaden to Cologne in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums · Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.

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.

Saarland travel guide

3.8
Spas · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
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.

Hesse travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
Though relatively small in size, Hesse is not only rich in tradition, culture, and art, but also in numerous modern tourist attractions. This is one of the country's most prosperous regions. It includes the city of Frankfurt, a global financial powerhouse renowned for its futuristic skyline. The region is known for its outstanding public transportation, high quality of life, leafy parks, and lively nightlife. The city streets are lined with small cafes, innovative museums, bustling beer halls, and an array of other places to visit while in town. Hesse also contains huge green areas interspersed with lush river valleys and pristine national parks. Its quiet countryside surrounds hillside villages and medieval towns. Be sure to indulge in some of the local specialties while on your holiday: outstanding white wines, apple ciders, and a wide range of award-winning cheeses.

North Rhine-Westphalia travel guide

4.2
Architectural Buildings · 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.