12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

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12 days in Germany, Amsterdam & Paris Itinerary

Start: Orlando, United States
Fly:  14 h
1
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
3
Frankfurt, Germany
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
4
Cologne, Germany
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h
End: Orlando, United States

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Visit Anne Frank House and Rembrandt House Museum for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Zandvoort aan Zee in Zandvoort (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Heineken Experience, appreciate the extensive heritage of Brouwersgracht, and take a stroll through Red Light District.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam trip itinerary maker.

Orlando, USA to Amsterdam is an approximately 14-hour flight. Traveling from Orlando to Amsterdam, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, Amsterdam is much colder than Orlando - with highs of 67°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zandvoort aan Zee
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Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre, then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then see the interesting displays at Musée d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Amsterdam to Paris takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 71°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Frankfurt.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

2
nights
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 13th (Wed): admire the masterpieces at Städel and then admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Bartholomew (Dom St. Bartholomaus). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Frankfurt Goethe House, learn about winemaking at Eberbach Abbey, then try to win big at Zahnärzte am Kurhaus, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mainz Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Frankfurt trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Frankfurt in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Frankfurt are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Cologne.

Things to do in Frankfurt

Historic Sites Museums Casinos

Side Trips

Eberbach Abbey, Kurhaus, Mainz Cathedral
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Stadel Museum
Stadel Museum
Goethe House ©
Goethe House

2
nights
Cologne, Germany

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Cologne Cathedral and Burg Eltz will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Cologne side-trips: Reichsburg Cochem (in Cochem), Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (in Koblenz) and Dusseldorf (Konigsallee & Rhine Tower). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, examine the collection at Cologne Chocolate Museum, take an in-depth tour of Roman-Germanic Museum, and snap pictures at Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Cologne itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Frankfurt to Cologne takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Cologne, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Dusseldorf, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Reichsburg Cochem, Eltz Castle
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Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Eltz Castle ©
Eltz Castle

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