23 days in Germany, Austria & Amsterdam Itinerary

23 days in Germany, Austria & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 3 nights
Train
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Vienna, Austria
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hallstatt, Austria
— 1 night
Train
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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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Cologne, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Rothenburg, Germany
— 1 night
Drive
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Nuremberg, Germany
— 2 nights
Drive
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Munich, Germany
— 2 nights
Fly
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 2 nights

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, Moco Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and other attractions. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Van Gogh Museum, explore the galleries of Museum Het Rembrandthuis, and examine the collection at Anne Frank House.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Amsterdam travel route planner.

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 · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Neighborhoods
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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: admire the striking features of Schonbrunn Palace, ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, make a trip to St. Stephen's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at Belvedere Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Vienna travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Amsterdam to Vienna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Amsterdam in December: high temperatures in Vienna hover around 41°F and lows are around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Hallstatt.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hallstatt Lutheran Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Parish of the Assumption, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Salzwelten Hallstatt, then don't miss a visit to Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick", and finally don't miss a visit to Central Square Marktplatz. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at Old Town and then stroll the grounds of Beinhaus, Karner, Ossuary.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hallstatt tour itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Vienna to Hallstatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Salzburg.
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Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Linzergasse, admire the masterpieces at DomQuartier Salzburg, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter's Abbey (Stift St. Peter), then shop like a local with Getreidegasse, then examine the collection at Red Bull Hangar-7, and finally don't miss a visit to Stiegl Brauwelt. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Salzburg Museum, then explore the historical opulence of Schloss Hellbrunn, then contemplate the long history of Mozart Residence (Mozart Wohnhaus), and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Cemetery of St. Sebastian (Friedhof St. Sebastian).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Salzburg itinerary maker.

Getting from Hallstatt to Salzburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Salzburg are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mayrhofen.
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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, then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and then see the interesting displays at Swarovski Kristallwelten. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): get a sense of history and politics at Congress innsbruck, explore the world behind art at Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hofkirche, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Maria-Theresien-Strasse, and finally don't miss a visit to Georgskapelle.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mayrhofen trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Salzburg to Mayrhofen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, daytime highs in Mayrhofen are 42°F, while nighttime lows are 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fussen.
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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.
On the 26th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Altstadt von Fuessen, then step into the grandiose world of Schloss Neuschwanstein, then contemplate the long history of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and finally snap pictures at Queen Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke).

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fussen journey planner.

Drive from Mayrhofen to Fussen in 2.5 hours. In December in Fussen, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cologne.
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Cologne, Germany — 1 night

City of Churches

Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Chocolate Museum, then make a trip to Cologne Cathedral, and then explore the world behind art at Museum Ludwig.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Cologne road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Fussen to Cologne takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Fussen in December since evenings lows in Cologne dip to 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car 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 find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rothenburg holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Cologne to Rothenburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Cologne in December, plan for slightly colder days in Rothenburg, with highs around 41°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. You will leave for Nuremberg on the 28th (Wed).
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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 28th (Wed), examine the collection at Toy Museum, snap pictures at Museumsbruecke, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Lorenz Church, then don't miss a visit to Altstadt, and finally explore the world behind art at Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Albrecht Durer's House, don't miss a visit to Tiefer Brunnen, explore the historical opulence of Kaiserburg Nurnberg, pause for some serene contemplation at Frauenkirche, then pause for some photo ops at Narrenschiffbrunnen, and finally examine the collection at Dokumentationszentrum Reichsparteitagsgelände.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuremberg trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Rothenburg to Nuremberg in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December in Nuremberg, expect temperatures between 41°F during the day and 31°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to drive to Munich.
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Munich, Germany — 2 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.
Munich is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Marienplatz, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Michael's Church, get curious at Deutsches Museum, and explore the world behind art at Alte Pinakothek.

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

Getting from Nuremberg to Munich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 41°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Amsterdam.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — 2 nights

Venice of the North

You've added Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, Moco Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Hermitage Amsterdam, explore the engaging exhibits at Verzetsmuseum Amsterdam, then examine the collection at Micropia, then visit Red Light District, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at De Duif. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): explore the world behind art at Artwatch, explore the world behind art at Moco Museum Amsterdam, explore the world behind art at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, then enjoy the music at Concertgebouw, and finally look for gifts at Fenix Books.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amsterdam day trip planner.

You can fly from Munich to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Munich in January, Amsterdam is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 34°F.
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Austria travel guide

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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

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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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