26 days in Germany, Austria & Amsterdam Itinerary

26 days in Germany, Austria & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Drive
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Salzburg, Austria
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mayrhofen, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fussen, Germany
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Bamberg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 7 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 3 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, don't miss a visit to Dam Square, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

To find reviews and tourist information, refer to the Amsterdam tour itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport and Eelde Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 47°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Vienna.
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Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites
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Vienna, Austria — 3 nights

City of Dreams

The cultural, economic, and political center of the country, Vienna has developed from its early Celtic and Roman roots into a medieval and Baroque city, with an old town that was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Vienna is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Schonbrunn Palace, explore the world behind art at Albertina, examine the collection at Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, and admire the striking features of Belvedere Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Vienna trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 41°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hallstatt.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Hallstatt, Austria — 1 night

Pearl of Austria

Historically known for the production of salt, Halstatt's fine architecture reflects the small village's salt mining legacy.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, enjoy breathtaking views from Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and then make a trip to Central Square Marktplatz.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hallstatt travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 21st (Wed), you'll travel to Salzburg.
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Salzburg, Austria — 2 nights

Rome of the North

Surrounded by mountain ranges and boasting a well-preserved city center, Salzburg melds culture and history.
Salzburg is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of Fortress Hohensalzburg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), admire the striking features of Salzburg Cathedral, and take in nature's colorful creations at Mirabell Palace.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Salzburg trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Hallstatt to Salzburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Mayrhofen.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Mayrhofen, Austria — 3 nights

Mayrhofen is a town in the Zillertal (Ziller river valley) in the Austrian state of Tyrol. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Mayrhofner Bergbahnen, fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Schloss Ambras Innsbruck, then appreciate the history behind Hofkirche, and then get to know the fascinating history of Maria-Theresien-Strasse.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Mayrhofen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Salzburg to Mayrhofen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Mayrhofen can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 26°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Fussen.
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Side Trips
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Fussen, Germany

Southern End of the Romantic Road

Framed by the Alps and set upon a riverbank, the city of Fussen in addition to its historic architecture is the epicenter of Germany’s traditional violin-making industry.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Altstadt von Fuessen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Benediktinerkloster St. Mang, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally snap pictures at Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke).

Before you visit Fussen, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Mayrhofen to Fussen takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in December, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Rothenburg.
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Rothenburg, Germany — 1 night

Medieval Heart of Germany

An old imperial city, Rothenburg is the main tourist stop on the scenic Romantic Road of Bavaria.
To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rothenburg online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Rothenburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. December in Rothenburg sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Bamberg.
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Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Bamberg, Germany — 1 night

Franconian Rome

First mentioned in historical records from the year 902, Bamberg retains today the medieval, old-world charm that has defined its past development.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Neue Residenz Bamberg and then don't miss a visit to Klein Venedig. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Alte Hofhaltung, then contemplate the long history of Bamberg Altstadt, then contemplate the long history of Altes Rathaus, and finally step into the grandiose world of Altenburg.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Bamberg online visit planner.

Getting from Rothenburg to Bamberg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Bamberg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuremberg.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Nuremberg, Germany — 2 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.
On the 29th (Thu), examine the collection at Toy Museum, contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, steep yourself in history at Schlayerturm, then don't miss a visit to Kettensteg, then examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände, and finally contemplate the long history of Reichsparteigelande (Nazi Party Rally Grounds).

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Nuremberg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Bamberg to Nuremberg by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. December in Nuremberg sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 31°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Munich.
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Museums · Historic Sites
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Munich, Germany — 7 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.
Go for a jaunt from Munich to Dachau to see Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Marienplatz, see the interesting displays at BMW Welt, engage your brain at Deutsches Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at English Garden.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Munich tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nuremberg to Munich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Munich sees daily highs of 41°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping
Side Trip
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 1 night

Venice of the North

Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): walk around Vondelpark.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Munich to Amsterdam takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Amsterdam, with lows around 34°F.
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Parks
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Highlights from your trip

Austria travel guide

4.5
Castles · Art Museums · Specialty Museums
Situated in the Central European Alps, Austria combines an alluring bundle of elegant urban architecture, cultural centers, and dramatic landscapes. This German-speaking country of 8.5 million residents is known for its rich history, dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, as well as its art, music, and scenery. Along with the neighboring country of Switzerland, Austria serves as the winter sports capital of Europe and is home to some of the continent's most popular ski resorts. This landlocked nation draws visitors from across the globe to its mountains, historical villages, and culturally rich cities. Experience trekking in the Alps one day and drinking regional wine at a crowded pub after a day of sightseeing in the capital Vienna the next.
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Germany travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Germany is the home of high culture, fine art, classical music, world-class sports, award-winning cuisine--and some of the world's best beers. It's also one of the major economic and political powers of the European continent. One of the founding members of the European Union, Germany is a federation of 16 states. Each boasts its own distinct culture, art, cuisine, regional traditions, and array of things to do. The country is known worldwide for its precision engineering and high-tech products. Equally, though, Germany is admired for its old-world charm and what is locally known as gemutlichkeit (coziness). This is one of the easiest countries in the world to explore, offering an abundance of sightseeing opportunities. German transportation runs with German efficiency. Therefore, getting around the various regions is almost always easy, quick, and pleasant. Visit the cities to explore museums, art galleries, modern restaurants, and trendy shops. Also be sure to venture deeper into the countryside. Here, you can discover ancient castles and bustling little villages. Often in these off-the-beaten-path areas, the main tourist attraction remains the simple hospitality of the friendly locals.
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