9 days in Cologne, Frankfurt & Tehran Itinerary

9 days in Cologne, Frankfurt & Tehran Itinerary

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Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Tehran, Iran
— 1 night


Cologne, Germany

— 2 nights

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Koelner Zoo and then get in on the family fun at Phantasialand. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, examine the collection at Chocolate Museum, then snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne road trip website.

Tehran, Iran to Cologne is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Cologne. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tehran in March: high temperatures in Cologne hover around 12°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Theme Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Frankfurt, Germany

— 4 nights


A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Romer and Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Frankfurt: Rothenburg (Galgentor, Stadt Rothenburg ob der Tauber, &more), Heidelberg (Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge), Altstadt (Old Town), &more) and Wurzburg (Alte Mainbruecke, Würzburg Residence, &more). It doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum and don't miss a visit to Main Tower.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Frankfurt online attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Tehran, Iran

— 1 night


Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
On the 26th (Thu), take in panoramic vistas at Azadi Tower, then browse for treasures at Majd Telephone Store, and then take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge, then engage your brain at Iran Science Park, then enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Golkar Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tehran attractions planner.

You can fly from Frankfurt to Tehran in 9.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of car and train. Traveling from Frankfurt to Tehran, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Frankfurt in March: high temperatures in Tehran hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping