18 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

18 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco, United States
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 45 min
4
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

5
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Get in touch with nature at Zandvoort aan Zee and Nature & Wildlife Tours. For shopping fun, head to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery or Leidseplein. Go for a jaunt from Amsterdam to Nederhorst den Berg to see Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Anne Frank House, get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof, explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Heineken Experience.

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San Francisco, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Amsterdam, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Cologne.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Spiegelplas en Blijkpolderplas, Zandvoort aan Zee, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery
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Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig, pause for some serene contemplation at Cologne Cathedral, then take in the views from Hohenzollern Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Chocolate Museum. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Konigsallee, examine the collection at Motorworld, and then take an in-depth tour of Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum).

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Cologne visit planner.

Traveling by car from Amsterdam to Cologne takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in August, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Konigsallee
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral

4
nights
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt ©
A global center of finance and transportation, Frankfurt is perhaps best known for its futuristic cityscape.
Head to maennERsache and ARTime Galleryfor some retail therapy. Visit Würzburg Residence and Fortress Marienberg for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Frankfurt side-trips: Heidelberg (Altstadt (Old Town), Schloss Heidelberg, &more), Messel Pit Fossil Site (in Messel) and Neroberg (in Wiesbaden). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Stadel Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus), and admire the striking features of Main Tower.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Frankfurt trip planner.

Traveling by train from Cologne to Frankfurt takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Frankfurt can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Wurzburg, Heidelberg, Messel Pit Fossil Site, Neroberg
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Schloss Heidelberg ©
Schloss Heidelberg
Würzburg Residence ©
Würzburg Residence
Fortress Marienberg ©
Fortress Marienberg

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Do your shopping at Champs-Elysees and Le Marais. Let the collections at Louvre Museum and Musee d'Orsay capture your imagination. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, don't miss a visit to Hotel de Ville, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Paris Plage.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Paris driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

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